Callie is a fifteen year old girl who is being treated at a “residential treatment facility” for cutting herself. She isn’t speaking to anyone includiCallie is a fifteen year old girl who is being treated at a “residential treatment facility” for cutting herself. She isn’t speaking to anyone including her therapist. Her story unfolds through her interactions with the other girls at Sea Pines (nicknamed Sick Minds) who are being treated for various other conditions such as anorexia, bulimia, and drug addiction. Callie believes she is responsible for her brother’s illness Callie narrates the story, and it is very interesting that someone who won’t speak has so much to say through this story. Callie is slowly drawn into the group, finds her voice (both literally and figuratively) and eventually confronts the family trauma that led to her cutting herself.
I really liked this story and although it deals with heavy issues it doesn’t come across as preachy. McCormick slowly reveals the events that led up to Callie’s stay at Sea Pines and it varies between Callie’s interactions at Sea Pines and the things she shares with her unnamed therapist. The tone of the book is like the whole thing is being told to her therapist and at times it seemed like Callie was talking to me as if I were the therapist. I really appreciated that this book didn’t climb to a great big earth shattering revelation, but instead you realize that her family, and the events that took place, were just a normal family, with normal problems, like everyone else. I think this book will be accessible to many teens who just want to fit in or sometimes feel overwhelmed by growing up too fast. ...more
**spoiler alert** I chose to read this book because I had seen other librarians reviewing it on the Yalsa-book listserv. The fact that it is narrated**spoiler alert** I chose to read this book because I had seen other librarians reviewing it on the Yalsa-book listserv. The fact that it is narrated by death drew me in initially but I have to admit I didn’t know what it was about. It was also in the Top Ten Books for Young Adults for 2007 and was a Michael Printz award finalist. The Book Thief starts out slow and for the first 50 pages or so I thought about switching to another book. However, I continued reading and my efforts were well worth it. The story, which is narrated by Death, follows the girl Liesel Meminger from her first encounter with death as her brother dies and she is taken to live with her new foster parents in Molching, Germany on the eve of World War II. Liesel steals books at important and tragic moments in her life in order to settle the score as her family and friends are stolen from her as well as to make sense of the tragedies and horror of war. Liesel’s foster parents, Hans and Rosa Hubermann, her neighbor and best friend Rudy Steiner, and Max Vandenburg, the Jewish man the Hubermann’s hide in their basement for two years are wonderful, shining characters in Leisel’s life. The book, as to be expected when narrated by death, is not written in a sentimental tone, but there are many poetic moments that brought tears to my eyes. There were also moments of brevity as death wryly comments on life and the humans who struggle to hang on. This book has been marketed in the U.S. as a young adult title, but was originally released in Australia for adults. This is a book that I believe should be read by teens and adults alike, but I fear may be overlooked by many adults due to its marketing. This book is destined to become a classic in the ranks of the Diary of Anne Frank as it reveals the depths of human kindness and cruelty. ...more
I loved this book! Aislynn has an unusual gift? curse? She can see fairies but the three rules she lives by are: 1. Don't stare at invisible faeries. 2.I loved this book! Aislynn has an unusual gift? curse? She can see fairies but the three rules she lives by are: 1. Don't stare at invisible faeries. 2. Don't speak to invisible faeries. 3. Don't ever attract their attention.
Unfortunately, these rules are easier said than done especially when two royalty faeries are stalking her.
Aislynn fights against forces out of her control as she balances the faeries' attentions with trying to live a normal life.
This was a wonderful book. I listened to it on audio and although the voice of Jonas was whiny and annoying at times, it was still a wonderfully engroThis was a wonderful book. I listened to it on audio and although the voice of Jonas was whiny and annoying at times, it was still a wonderfully engrossing story.
Jonas is turning 12 at the Ceremony of Twelve. Instead of being assigned a career path like all the other twelves his i chosen to be the new receiver of memories. During his training he discovers the truth about the community he lives in....more