I read a good review several months ago and have been dying to read it since. Reminds me of Sarah Dessen and Rainbow Rowell. My only regret is i didnt
I read a good review several months ago and have been dying to read it since. Reminds me of Sarah Dessen and Rainbow Rowell. My only regret is i didnt bring the second book on my long weekend as i read 200+pages in the car. This is one you could get lost in for the day.
I liked the sister relationships, although Kitty didn't seem like a 9yo, and Dad was definitely too distant, considering he was the only parent....more
Olivia Harrison lives with her aunt, uncle, and two step cousins,. Her mother died when she was young, and although she is able to send correspondenceOlivia Harrison lives with her aunt, uncle, and two step cousins,. Her mother died when she was young, and although she is able to send correspondence to her father, she hasn't ever met him. Olivia is treated like a second-class citizen in her home, but all of that, and actually her life as she knows it, is about to change.
First, her "friend" Annabelle has decided Olivia needs to meet her at the flagpole after school so they can fight, although Olivia has no idea why or what the trouble is. Annabelle seems to be mad and is spewing some nonsense about Olivia being a princess.
Second, thankfully just as the fight is about to begin a limo pulls up and out steps Her Royal Highness Princess Mia Thermopolis of Genovia. Mia is there to take Olivia wherever she wants to go. Oh, and it seems Olivia is her sister!
Olivia's boring, average life is about to change in a big way.
Why I read it: I'm a huge fan of Meg Cabot's books and specifically The Princess Diaries series. The beginning of this book was slow for me, but I ended up liked it. [I'm so excited about the Royal Wedding coming in June!] I kept having to remind myself this is definitely the start of a new series, not written in Mia's voice, and aimed at younger readers (middle grade to early middle school) who probably haven't read any of the Princess Diaries. I'm excited to see what adventures Olivia will go on.
I enjoyed the family tree in the endpages and that the illustrations are created by Cabot. Glad that both Mia and Grandmere (along with other familiar human and animal characters) return and that both are true to character. What I love about the books is that Grandmere isn't Julie Andrews in the books. She is not afraid to speak her mind....more
Amanda Berry disappeared on her way home from work in April 2003, the day before her 17th birthday. Gina DeJesus (age 14) vanished almost a year laterAmanda Berry disappeared on her way home from work in April 2003, the day before her 17th birthday. Gina DeJesus (age 14) vanished almost a year later in April 2004, from the same area of Cleveland, OH. Both families had no idea where their daughters were but never gave up hope that they would be found.
In May 2013, Amanda and her six year old daughter broke out of the house where she had been held, screaming for someone to help her. Amanda, daughter Jocelyn, and Gina, as well as another young woman, Michelle Knight, were being held in the upstairs of that old house on Seymour Avenue by their kidnapper Ariel Castro.
This is Amanda and Gina's story of courage and survival during their ten years in captivity.
I am now interested to read Michelle Knight's story. I can't imagine the horror these women went through, especially knowing they were so close to home. Amanda's side was more at the forefront, as it sounded like she kept detailed journals. It is amazing and unbelievable the lengths she went to to ensure her daughter had as normal a childhood as possible.
Readalikes: Teens might be interested and could pair with Jaycee Dugard's book. (Good warnings that kidnappers don't have to be strangers.)
Warning: there is some language and violence/rape. ...more
Cece lost her hearing as a young girl, following a bout of meningitis. She has never known school without having to wear hearing aids or the Phonic EaCece lost her hearing as a young girl, following a bout of meningitis. She has never known school without having to wear hearing aids or the Phonic Ear (a device she wears, attached to an ear piece, that communicates with a microphone that her teacher wears, allowing her to hear crisp and clear, no matter where the teacher is!). Cece has learned to strategies to make her life easier (lip reading) but none of that helps her feel less isolated. People try to be helpful, trying to sign (she doesn't use sign language) or speaking slowly, but Cece doesn't want to be defined by her hearing loss. Sometimes the easiest way for Cece to deal is by imagining that her Phonic Ear has turned her into a superhero, El Deafo, with the amazing power of super hearing. El Deafo needs a faithful sidekick, a true friend. Will El Deafo succeed? Will Cece accept herself?
Why I read and finished the book: It is very understandable as to why it was a Newbery honoree. The story is great and even those without hearing loss can relate to Cece's feelings of being different and wanting to be "normal". I loved the El Deafo super hero character that Cece creates in her imagination as her way of dealing with her issues and insecurities. I also like that the author chose to have the characters be bunnies, rather than human. I think it helps readers to connect more with the characters.
Readalikes: Wonder by R.J. Palacio. Smile by Raina Telgemeier.
Interesting tidbit: Author is married to Tom Angelberger (Strange Case of Origami Yoda). I also just discovered that he has Aspergers. ...more
What teenager doesn't love a road trip in a van with no air conditioning and two younger siblings? Raina's family is driving from California to ColoraWhat teenager doesn't love a road trip in a van with no air conditioning and two younger siblings? Raina's family is driving from California to Colorado for a two week road trip. Sounds like fun, doesn't it?
If you have read her graphic novel "Smile", then you will recognize Raina, and her siblings Amara and Will. This story takes place during the time of Smile, although if you haven't read it, you won't miss anything. You can see Raina's braces but she doesn't incorporate any of those issues into this story.
I didn't like it as well as Smile, but probably because it didn't have the same "make you squirm in pain" feeling. I didn't have a younger sister, but I had a younger brother so I can definitely understand the sibling rivalry. It is a fast, read in one sitting graphic novel....more