I hope that I'm wrong, but I think that this will be one of those classic books that is loved by adults and not really appreciated by the younger audience of teens that it targets. I think the size of the book will intimidate many potential readers and I think the confusion of the fairy tale set up story, and then the three stories (Germany, 1933 with Friedrich Schmidt during Hitler's rise to power, Philadelphia, 1935, with two orphaned brothers, Frankie and Mike Flannery and then the home of migrant workers in Southern Caifornia, 1942 with Ivy Maria Lopez) will be enough to confuse all but the most avid readers. I've already recommended the story to our music teacher, because of the music talk and quotes that are embedded throughout the tale. Will be REALLY interested to see what 11, 12, 13 year olds think of it. There's no question that it's a spectacular story, but I'm just not convinced that it will be beloved by our tween/teen readers.
Middle School former Teacher Librarian - then MYP math and science. Update... VERY recently retired! Still adjusting that I'm not just on summer vacation!!!
Just didn't enjoy it as much as Shadow and Bone. I just felt like the author was really trying a bit too hard to draw this story out. I was able to put it down several times and I couldn't put Shadow and Bone down so there's the differen...
The Grisha triology is a fantasy series that I really enjoyed. I reread the last book because I thought I wasn't remembering something. I'm a bit confused because I've started King of Scars and Nikolai isn't as I remembered. Don't want...
by Tahereh Mafi
I’m not usually someone who enjoys a story that is predominantly about the attraction between two people BUT I did like this one. The setting is one year after 9/11 and 16 year old Shirin, an American born Muslim whose family moves freq...
I love a good mystery, and although I correctly guessed the murderer in the first chapter, I still thoroughly enjoyed the twists and turns.