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Book Review: All the Wind In the World

11 Oct

11.jpgSynopsis: Sarah Jacqueline Crow and James Holt live in a near future America where much of the land has become harsh desert-like conditions and the only work available is back-breaking harvesting in fields. But, Sarah Jac and James have a plan – they’ll work until they save enough money to purchase their own home near the ocean, but it’s not as easy as it looks when everyone’s out to save themselves at whatever the cost. Sarah Jac and James have to keep their love a secret and when an accident occurs they must run to a ranch that most steer clear of.. Real Marvelous.

It’s here where their dreams are challenged by the possibly cursed ranch and their love might not be strong enough to save them.

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Book Review: Just Fly Away

31 May


Fifteen-year-old Lucy learns a family secret that not only devastates her, but separates her from her friends, family and even her boyfriend. Her father has an eight-year-son from a brief affair that he’s kept hidden from Lucy and her sister and although her sister seems unfazed, Lucy feel as though a rug has been pulled out from under her and no matter how hard she tries, she can’t seem to get her feet under her.

Soon it’s too much for Lucy and without truly realizing it, she escapes from the world she thought she knew so well to Maine, to spend some time with her estranged grandfather. It is there where Lucy begins learning more about her family as she spends time getting to know her grandfather.

This is a coming-of-age story with the voice of a teenage girl desperately trying to figure out her world and where she fits in it. I felt at some places that the author tried to fit in a little too much – parent betrayal – check, brother she never knew she had – check, new friends after old friends diss her – check, new mysterious boyfriend – check, extended family drama – check. I felt as through there was a little more focus the characters and plot could have developed more naturally that feeling like the plot points were getting checked off a list.

My favorite part of the story was when Lucy comes in contact with her grandfather (whom she has only met once). Their time together and the development of their friendship was the truest part of this novel and I believe is what kept me reading to the end. As a side note, the author – Andrew McCarthy is not usually a YA author, he’s an actor (Pretty In Pink, Weekend at Bernie’s, etc.), director and has written a memoir, but writing YA does not come easily to everyone.  I think he shows promise and would definitely pick up another title if he published anything else in this genre.

Twitter Booktalk (140 characters or less): 15yo Lucy’s world is crumbling around her, so she visits Maine and her estranged grandfather to learn more about herself and her family.

Title: Just Fly Away
Author: Andrew McCarthy
Publisher: Algonquin Young Readers
Publication Date: April 2017
Page Number: 258 pgs.

Secret Pizza Party

25 Sep

9780803739475_p0_v1_s260x420If you love pizza, then you’ll love this book!  Poor Raccoon, he loves pizza so much!  But no one will give him even one little slice, so the narrator helps out by suggesting a secret pizza party where Raccoon can eat all the pizza he wants!  The party involves Raccoon dressing in a disguise to pick up pizza (because you definitely don’t want to let the delivery man to know where you live!), a chase all around town, and in the end… a pizza party fit for the hungriest of raccoons!

This is an adorable book with a narrator who really tries to help out his friends as best as he can.  The narrator is also a pretty funny character as he explains how much better secrets are than regular things like handshakes and stairs.  The illustrator has done a wonderful job with the illustrations adding little touches here and there that only the most observant readers will catch, but when they do, they’ll be delighted!  This story was so great, it’s making me hungry for a nice piping-hot slice of cheese pizza…. yum!

For more information about Adam Rubin and Daniel Salmieri, check out their website!  And if you haven’t experienced, Those Darn Squirrels!, it too is a must-read!

Title: Secret Pizza Party
Author: Adam Rubin
Illustrator: Daniel Salmieri
Publisher: Dial Books for Young Readers
Publication Date: 2013

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