Feb 212014
 
Review: Small as an Elephant

This was a surprisingly delightful story. I was expected a serious tearjerker, it’s about a boy whose mother leaves he alone after all. There were definitely tears at the end of the story, but the rest of the story was more about hope and Jack’s ability to fend and think for himself. I think there were emotions and elements of the story that stuck with me more than the target young YA reader would understand. For that reader, there is survival and confusion about why this was happening to him. There were unexpectedly good things and good people, as well […]

Oct 252013
 
Review: Colony East

Picking up right after the first one ends, this story moves away from the immediate after effects of the disaster to more of a survival story. This shift happens smoothly, and pulls you into the story. While the first book was quite sad, this book did not cause the same emotions. I was more intriguing and entertained this time. The kids have adjusted so well, and are creating a life that is not just about danger. The older children on the island are trying to let the younger children still have a childhood, even though circumstances cause most of them […]

Oct 242013
 
Review: Night of the Purple Moon

This was a natural disaster story aimed at MG or young YA readers. There is plenty for older readers, but I think the emotions generated would be quite different for the different aged readers. As an adult, and a parent, I find the story very sad. Just thinking about children having to survive without anyone helping and supporting them breaks my heart. The science of the story was explained quite simply, and in a believable matter. I really appreciate that it wasn’t dumbed down for younger readers. In fact, none of the story had any of the lacking that is […]

Aug 212013
 
Review: The Secret Prophecy

This is a thrilling adventure mystery for middle grade or younger YA readers. With a male hero and lots of action, I can see this being a book that many young boys will enjoy. With a strong female sidekick and the hint of a sweet, age-appropriate crush, many young girls will enjoy it too. There are many twists and turns to the story, and even as an adult reader, I wasn’t able to guess all of them. I did get a bit confused at one point about who was the good guy and who was the bad guy as there […]

Feb 132013
 
Review: The Templeton Twins Have an Idea

This was a silly story meant for younger readers. It was a bit too much silliness for me, but I bet it would be perfect for the target audience. Written with a very present narrator, this would make a great read aloud story. While the story is written with a lot of humour, there is some serious content, such as a dead mother, moving house and being kidnapped. These themes don’t overwhelm the book, and instead the focus in on the children’s good attitude, natural abilities and adventure. As a book for younger readers, this would make a fun addition […]