I am still not sure how I feel about this book. If I wasn't reading this for a training I have to give at the end of summer I think I would have put iI am still not sure how I feel about this book. If I wasn't reading this for a training I have to give at the end of summer I think I would have put it down. That being said it did keep me up until 2 in the morning because I had to finish it! I can see why it made the Teens top 10 in 2014.
As other reviewers have stated it's riveting. You start off thrown into an action sequence that feels like it should be at the end of a book and not at the beginning. As more truth is revealed it's hard to put it down without answering all the "whys." This book requires careful attention because the truth is revealed slowly and in small snippets that you might miss. It's a unique writing style and that is what kept me reading the book.
The biggest issue I had with the story is the setting. Is it historical? Maybe.. Is it set during pilgrim/puritan times? Sorta-ish.. You never really know much about where this story takes place. That drove me crazy! There is also a big plot hole at the beginning when the village is attacked by Homesteaders on three big ships. Why are they attacking? Who are they? None of these questions are answered. I guess it is not central to the main story-line but it still bothered me and it made it hard to totally connect to the characters.
This book has elements of "The Scarlet Letter", "Witch of Blackbird pond", and the movie "The Village." If you have readers that like a historical mystery set in that time period they might like this book.
**Notes for training** Triggers- Abuse Themes- Historical setting? Mutism, War, mystery Read-a-likes- Scarlet letter, Witch of blackbird pond, Winterkill ...more
I was really enjoying this book until I got to the final chapters. Usually I finish everything that I read but this one is still sitting on my dresserI was really enjoying this book until I got to the final chapters. Usually I finish everything that I read but this one is still sitting on my dresser. I loved the concept up until they got to the ocean. Then I just found myself losing interest in the characters and the story. Eventually I will finish it, just not today! ...more
I received a free copy of this book from the publisher for a review.
Join Rafe and Georgia from the popular Middle School series to decide who has theI received a free copy of this book from the publisher for a review.
Join Rafe and Georgia from the popular Middle School series to decide who has the best survival advice. From farts, taking on bullies, dress codes, and school dance moves; this brother and sister will duke it out while you fill in the pages. A must have for fans of the series since you get to write in your opinion and add artwork to the book. Target ages: 5th grade and up.
This was the first book I have read in this series and I found it to be pretty funny and true to the general experience of Middle school. The book is an art and activity book that doesn't really follow a story-line, but provides plenty of space for readers to fill in their own crazy adventures. Rafe and Georgia have lots of space to rant about the trials and tribulations of surviving school and life in general. Fans of Diary of a Wimpy Kid, Big Nate, and The Popularity Papers will likely enjoy this title.
It is a great title for individual purchase since it is meant to be written in. Unfortunately, it's not great for my public library setting for the same reason. Still I would suggest it to patrons for purchase because it is such a fun book! ...more
There are so many Robin Hood tales that have been written over the years. Will in Scarlet stands out as a great book for middle graders. The books telThere are so many Robin Hood tales that have been written over the years. Will in Scarlet stands out as a great book for middle graders. The books tells the story of Will Scarlet like you have never seen him before.. a rich noble. His story is the main focus of the book in this coming of age Robin Hood tale.
Told in more of a historical fiction fashion, we get a glimpse of life for both Nobles and peasants during the crusade. While King Richard is off fighting an almost endless war his people are starving and his brother Prince John is bleeding the country dry. Will is oblivious to these adult troubles would rather spend his days stealing from the castle store rooms and wrecking havoc with friends. He is forced to grow up when the treacherous Sir Guy ignites a political quarrel that forces Will into exile. He finds himself at the mercy of Sherwood forest and the villainous "Merry Men".
All the tradition characters are present in this book- Little John, Rob the drunk, the Sheriff of Nottingham and Much the girl disguised as a boy. Instead of a tale told strictly about Robin himself we get a wonderful story of Will Scarlet and Much. Will struggles with revenge, loss and seeing how the world really works from the eyes of the common man. He develops deep friendships and learns what his role is in the grand scheme of life.
I really liked this book and getting to read the perspectives of both Will and Much. Most of the female characters in Robin Hood books are only there for the romance aspect. Much is a much needed female protagonist that is spunky and strong willed. Their story is something that middle grade readers will be able to enjoy and relate to as both characters are forced to make sometimes hard choices that will define their lives.
There is laughter heartache and lots of adventure that both boys and girls will enjoy. The story is rich and engaging and reads almost like a movie. It is a book that you won't quickly put down, especially towards the end. I cannot wait to add this to our collection and I know my students who love action and adventure will eat this up. This is one of the best takes on the Robin Hood story for younger readers in recent memory. I hope to see more by this author in the future. ...more
This was a random choice for me. I have been stuck in a rut reading YA books for a while so I chose this out of the blue. I enjoyed the book. The mystThis was a random choice for me. I have been stuck in a rut reading YA books for a while so I chose this out of the blue. I enjoyed the book. The mystery was not predictable which was nice and the writing was fairly good. It was a nice break from the usual. ...more
**spoiler alert** A wordless story about friendship, bullying and hope. This was beautifully done and had me in tears at the bookstore. The story send**spoiler alert** A wordless story about friendship, bullying and hope. This was beautifully done and had me in tears at the bookstore. The story sends a powerful message to readers of all ages. Parents be warned: (spoiler) There is a death scene in this book that little ones might not be ready for. ...more
I could not get into this book at all. The writing style was odd and I ended up not finishing it. Not really a book I would recommend to my students wI could not get into this book at all. The writing style was odd and I ended up not finishing it. Not really a book I would recommend to my students which is sad because generally I like Spinelli. ...more
Jake Wilde had done everything in his power to escape from boarding school so he can confront the man he believes, killed his father. He travels withJake Wilde had done everything in his power to escape from boarding school so he can confront the man he believes, killed his father. He travels with one of his teachers to Wintercombe Abbey to take on Oberon Venn, his Godfather. What Jake doesn't realize is that there is always more to every story and this one is filled with many twists and turns.
This is the first time I have read a title by Catherine Fisher. I am familiar with her other work and have heard quite a bit of praise. This book did not disappoint. I was wrapped up in the story from the first chapter. However, it is a very rich and complex world and I found myself taking notes! There are so many characters and storylines going in this book that sometimes it's a bit much to keep them all sorted out. I found myself rereading a few parts to keep them all straight. I feel that this book is an introduction of sorts into what will happen in the rest of the series. Eventually everything all came together more or less and I was for the most part satisfied with the story.
This story has many elements of friendship, love, betrayal, sadness, fear and intrigue. It also blurs the lines between genres by having a mix of Science fiction, Mystery, Fantasy and Historical fiction. I did enjoy this book despite all the twists and turns. I would recommend this to teens and adults looking for a complex story that takes you on a twisty adventure. It's not your typical quick read! ...more