Disclaimers: I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinion.
My Overall Thoughts/Impressions: I honestly did not expect to enjoy this novel as much as I did.
This book was hilarious, informative, entertaining, educational, and masterfully written. Slaughter created a novel that made for an incredible read.
This novel is the fifth in the series. I have not read the first four, but I didn't feel lost. Like several reviewers have pointed out, this novel does move slowly at times. However, I never felt bored or lost.
The author did choose to include pages of non-fiction facts; however, I found those interesting...and if readers really wanted to they could skip those and still follow and enjoy the story.
The story focuses on eleven year olds Danny and Jase and their adventures on the outskirts of a small Michigan town next to a German POW camp. The novel follows their adventures as they outwit escaped German POWs and help local law enforcement solve crimes.
While some might contend that the events in this book might be slightly far-fetched at times, I thoroughly enjoyed myself and personally I didn't mind the possible stretches in the plot. In fact, I rather enjoyed watching Danny and Jase's outwit the "bad guys."
This book was entertaining and informative. It's one that I definitely recommend to fans of historical fiction, especially fans of World War II.
In Summary: An informative and entertaining read that I thoroughly enjoyed.
The Wrap-up: This book is long and I honestly didn't expect to enjoy it nearly as much as I did. Cottonwood was a delightful read that had me laughing out loud and amused. The characters Jase and Daniel were fun to follow.
I actually liked this. The Maus books were the first graphic novels I've ever read. Very intriguing and the discussions my English class had on theseI actually liked this. The Maus books were the first graphic novels I've ever read. Very intriguing and the discussions my English class had on these were really insightful.
I DON'T ONLY LOVE THIS BOOK, I ABSOLUTELY ADORE THIS BOOK.
I didn't think there would be any better way to show how much I love this book than all capsI DON'T ONLY LOVE THIS BOOK, I ABSOLUTELY ADORE THIS BOOK.
I didn't think there would be any better way to show how much I love this book than all caps. This book had me intrigued after reading the back page, after reading a paragraph I was absolutely hooked and knew that I wouldn't be able to move until I finished reading it...and I didn't.
What infuriated me is that I like to think I'm something of a history buff and I had never even heard of this event before. I was enraged that nobody had told me about the Vel' d'Hiv' roundup before.
This book is informative, touching, uplifting, heart-breaking, fascniating, and educational all at the same time. In short, it's a book that I'll mark in my all-time favorites and recommend to everybody I know.
It took me awhile to realize who the narrator was for sure, but the book was excellent. I loved this book and you know that any book is good if it insIt took me awhile to realize who the narrator was for sure, but the book was excellent. I loved this book and you know that any book is good if it inspires 13 pages in my journal over this one book. It was extremely well-written and I loved it. It really hit home. I liked Markus Zusak's writing style and enjoyed how he told this story. Excellent book that everybody should read. I read this book in one day, so I think that it can be a quick read if you make it....more