“Matched” has broader appeal than Condie’s previous works, “Being Sixteen” and “Yearbook,” which are contemporary YA andReview via Cracking the Cover
“Matched” has broader appeal than Condie’s previous works, “Being Sixteen” and “Yearbook,” which are contemporary YA and geared toward a specific audience.
But going big-time hasn’t changed Condie’s voice, which remains accessible. Condie’s writing doesn’t suffer from her wholesome approach, rather it benefits. She’s not trying to be something she’s not, and that follows through from story line to characters.
If anything, Condie’s sensibilities might give her greater crossover appeal with parents not having to worry about what their children are reading and teens not having to worry about hiding it away.
Though it’s tempting to compare “Matched” to Suzanne Collins’ “Hunger Games,” there’s really no comparison. Condie has crafted a unique story that stands on its own merit. She’s created a unique world that feels familiar but has a sense of the unknown.
“Matched” is a polished, driving force that you won’t want to put down. ...more
Published in 1999, “Speak” has gone on to receive multiple honors, including A Micahael L. Printz Honor and National BookReview via Cracking the Cover
Published in 1999, “Speak” has gone on to receive multiple honors, including A Micahael L. Printz Honor and National Book Award finalist. It has become a catalyst for discussion and a target for censorship.
It is also one of the best books I’ve ever read.
“Speak” is the story of a young woman who chooses not to speak following a traumatic experience.
The protagonist in “Speak” may be a teenager, and the intended audience may be teens, but Anderson’s writing speaks to readers of all ages.
Everyone feels alone at some point in his or her life, if only for a brief moment. High school cliques and insecurities translate across the board to the workplace. Cliques and seemingly pointless assignments are often dealt with on a daily basis. These things often lead to feelings of hopelessness, isolation and of having no voice.
Told from Melinda’s point of view, the reader has a first-person look a depression and how it can affect people. They also get to see an inner strength not often associated with the condition.
“Speak” deals with hard subjects, but Anderson skillfully injects humor and heart into the text, gently easing her characters and the reader through tough situations.
There’s been a lot of talk recently as to whether subjects such as that covered in “Speak” are detrimental to teenagers. After reading “Speak” it’s hard to imagine how it could harm anyone. If anything, it seems like it would be helpful. Yes, it exposes readers to some hateful actions, but isn’t it better to read about it in a book than experience it in real life? In many cases, “Speak” will help youths know they are not alone.
Concerned parents should read this book, and others, with their children, making it a jumping off point for serious discussions.
There are multiple reasons why “Speak” has been awarded such praise — it’s time to find out why for yourself....more
Review via Cracking the Cover Readers who are already fans of the Auntie Claus books will be happy to learn that “Auntie Claus and the Key to ChristmasReview via Cracking the Cover Readers who are already fans of the Auntie Claus books will be happy to learn that “Auntie Claus and the Key to Christmas” is now available in paperback. For those of you new to Elise Primavera‘s books, you’re in for a grand adventure.
Christopher Kringle lives in the Bing Cherry Hotel with his parents and his sister, Sophie. Chris has always loved the family business, but lately he’s been having some doubts. The week after Halloween, he causes and uproar as he announces to the family that only babies believe in Santa Claus — which just so happens to be the family business.
Chris is immediately summoned to his Auntie Claus’ apartment where the Bad-Boys-and-Girls List is explained to him. Chris just can’t believe it, so he takes matters into his own hands and sets about getting his name on the list on purpose. Sophie can’t stand his behavior and finally lets it slip that their great-aunt, Auntie Claus, is really Santa’s sister and that everything she’s told him is true. But Chris wants proof. Only when he sees for himself will he believe.
Though a companion book to “Auntie Claus,” “Auntie Claus and the Key to Christmas” stands well on its own. This unique story centers less on Santa Claus and more on being good at heart. There’s magic and mysticism and jolly laughter thrown in for good measure. The accompanying illustrations are delightfully whimsical. And at $7.99 it’s an inexpensive alternative for those looking to bolster their Christmas book collection....more