Thursday, January 4, 2018

Review: The Extremely Inconvenient Adventures of Bronte Mettlestone

The Extremely Inconvenient Adventures of Bronte Mettlestone The Extremely Inconvenient Adventures of Bronte Mettlestone by Jaclyn Moriarty
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I wanted to like this one more than I actually did. I have read quite a few of Moriarty's books for teens and REALLY liked them, but this one seemed too self-consciously cute for me. The tone is very similar (for me) to the books by Kate DiCamillo. It is just a tad too precious. And the connections between all of the characters are tied up just a bit too neatly. That said, some of the characters were especially interesting and I would have enjoyed knowing more about them. This was true especially of the children on the ship - I am not sure what made them different, but they seemed more real to me.

DiCamillo's books are very highly regarded, though, so I would recommend this book to people who loved The Tale of Desperaux or The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane.

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Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Review: The Keeper of the Isis Light

The Keeper of the Isis Light The Keeper of the Isis Light by Monica Hughes
My rating: 0 of 5 stars

I read this long before I joined Goodreads, along with a LOT of other science fiction. Someday, I will add more of the ones that I know I read. I won't be able to write full reviews though, as I have only vague recollections of most of them. I know that I liked this one, though.

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Thursday, December 7, 2017

Review: The War I Finally Won

The War I Finally Won The War I Finally Won by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

While this is a good sequel to The War that Saved My Life, it was a bit less gripping for me. Ada's continued anxiety about her relationship to her mother and her difficulties in coming to terms with everyone got just a tad tedious for me after a while. And, sadly, I am not a horse person, so that part didn't move me either. Nevertheless, it is a good book, both about family relationships and about WWII. The characters are interesting an, for the most part, well developed. And, it doesn't shy away from the truth about relationships.

I still am thinking that Susan's relationship with Becky hints at a lesbian relationship, but it is never explicitly stated as such - just that they were good friends. In that era, my guess is that they would have described it as such.

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Monday, December 4, 2017

Review: My Brigadista Year

My Brigadista Year My Brigadista Year by Katherine Paterson
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Excellent read and good view of history. I grew up during the Cuban missile crisis and it is interesting to me to see the other side of the story. This story does not focus on that, but there is a good timeline at the end of the book that goes into a bit more detail about the actual historical events. The focus of this story is the literacy campaign - and the methods used for its success. It is also a coming of age story, which seems to be a favorite theme for me.

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Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Review: Goodbye, Mr Hitler

Goodbye, Mr Hitler Goodbye, Mr Hitler by Jackie French
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This is a powerful ending to the trilogy. It doesn't shy away from including some of the horrors of the Nazi regime, so it may be too much for younger and more sensitive teens. I have a slight issue with some of the resolution, which seemed a bit far fetched to me, but overall, the book has, as I said, a powerful impact.

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Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Review: Pink Is for Blobfish: Discovering the World's Perfectly Pink Animals

Pink Is for Blobfish: Discovering the World's Perfectly Pink Animals Pink Is for Blobfish: Discovering the World's Perfectly Pink Animals by Jess Keating
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This is a very enjoyable light science book. The pictures of all of the pink animals are very engaging. It is a bit discouraging that so many of the animals are struggling with environmental challenges, but I am glad it is pointed out and not glossed over.

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