I think I inhaled this book! Intrigued by an approaching storm, Lucy (age 8) and her friend Cecel, climb a metal fence to watch it (I thought to myself, who climbs a metal fence during a storm?). When the storm’s lightning came in contact with that fence, both girls lived to tell their story, but Lucy was left with a gift. Savant Syndrome.
Extremely talented in math, thanks to that severe storm, Lucy has been homeschooled by her grandmother. Currently, she feels that she’s ready for something else. Grandmother however, feels differently and challenges Lucy to a year of public middle school. When the challenge is accepted, Lucy sets the ground rules: she doesn’t want anyone to know about her math abilities. I think that Lucy believes that she knows what her biggest challenges are but when it all played out, I don’t think she really did.
I loved that the author addressed many upper elementary/middle school issues, and that, the story itself felt realistic and valid. These were characters that I felt that I knew; I have heard their stories while I subbed for them and their actions were spot-on. I loved a lot of things about this book: characters, relationships, drama, birthday party and its after-effects, how individuals mature, and the service project. I highly recommend this book.
There are three actual stories in this book but they all have one common thread. That common subject lies in a building, which has had many purposes over the years, if only the walls of that building could talk.
I liked the idea of how this huge building served many purposes over the years. The history that this building contained and how it served others was fascinating. To think, how many people walked and in-and-out of its doors intrigued me. Then, to read how the three women in this novel were also connected to this building, just added more significance to the structure. I had to wonder if there were any standing building today that have these same traits. Hum?
Anyways, back to the book. Following a trio of women, we crisscross over three different time periods (1892, 1920, and 1944) which I found confusing at times as I couldn’t keep everyone straight. These women are all from the same family, just years apart, which made it more confusing to me. I finally wrote everyone’s name down on a piece of paper and drew arrows to keep individuals separated as the romance in this novel adds even more complications.
Somehow over the years, these three women find their way back to New York, to this same building yet they’re there for different reasons. As the novel comes together, you’ll find out what ties them all together.
It’s a mystery that covers many generations. With strong-minded women and a terrific setting this book provided for me an interesting read. 3.5 stars
The illustrations were great but I just couldn’t get into
the story. The colorful, brilliant illustrations really jumped off the pages
and I really thought this graphic novel was going to be a hit. It was the story
itself that just didn’t make any sense to me as I read it but I continued
reading it, as I liked the illustrations.
Let’s begin with the story and then, end this review on a
positive note, the illustrations. The
story was about a middle-schooler Newell who is signed up for his school’s first
talent show. Newell spends countless hours trying to come up with a talent that
he can showcase and its really painful, as he can’t find anything.
Why doesn’t he just cross his name off the list? If he doesn’t perform, he’ll have to attend
summer school. Yes, I found this
weird. The principal is offering the
students the opportunity to exchange the academics of summer school or the
punishment of detention, if they perform in this show. Newell was scheduled for
Summer School, so he’s excited to do something/anything for this show but he
needs to find something worthy.
The book is funny and sometimes, I thought, just a bit on
the weird side. I wanted Newell to just move on, perhaps experiment with
something(s) and let’s see how he does instead of just talking/thinking about it[S1] .
The illustrations are action-packed and tell a great deal of
the story. A variety of text fonts add a
great deal to the action. The colors are vivid and the rich in detail and burst
from the page.
I feel there’s a lot of talent here and I would like to see
what else this author can provide to us readers in the future.
It’s a mysterious and surprising tale regarding a young boy who
finally discovers his father and the grandparents, that he doesn’t recall. The story moves quickly; swallowing you in an
adventure where you’re not sure what will happen in the end.
Max finds it strange that he’s off to spend a weekend alone with
some relatives that he doesn’t even know or remember. Yet, somehow, he is told the time is right
for this visit with his grandparents. Welcome
to Creepville, in Wolf County. This can’t
be the place when they finally turn off the engine and get out. The home has been taken over by cobwebs, some
boarded up windows, and Max will discover later, no phone or electricity.
The place looks deserted but as they walk around, an older
man appears clutching an ax, and then an older woman emerges in a bloodstained
apron, lugging a hog. The stage is set
for Max’s weekend as mom quickly makes her exit in her minivan.
I enjoyed how Max was fed the story of his family. Through a neighbor girl, his father’s diary,
his mother, and his grandparents, Max learns about himself and his family. There are elements of surprise and
anticipation in the novel and I liked how they flowed into the story. There
wasn’t anything gross or descriptive in the novel, just mysterious and creature
I think it’s a great book for kids who can handle some
horror without getting scared.
“He was torn between his desire to obey his grandparents and
the curiosity he now felt about what Jade was saying. He wasn’t sure who to trust.”
I fell in love with this book after the first few pages. The sweet, calm fashion of this book had soon
expanded and now, I was feeling the same way. The situation was all too familiar for me and if
only I could turn back time, it could have been me in that room, answering
Everything in this book made it perfect for me. The way the book was laid out, its illustrations,
and its text; everything had its proper place and time.
As I watched the adult male in the illustrations, I liked how
his movements changed from one illustration to the next. I think his movements added a great deal to
the book. There are other small changes that
were taking place in this bedroom scene, changes that were very important,
changes that our eyes noticed automatically.
The questions that the young child asked, reminded me of
ones that my own children would inquire about when they were younger. The constant
questioning, the layer-upon-layer of mindful thinking. When would they stop? The
answers came back in a creative response.
The adult even linked some of his responses together. With fantastic illustrations in mixed-media tones,
the illustrations complement the tone of the text, and they make you stop and
take notice of them.
A brilliant and sweet book, a book that I cannot get enough of. It’s definitely a book that you’ll want to share.
I enjoyed the quick-paced story and the thought the illustrations
were amazing. It you take this story for
what it is, a story, it’s a wonderful adventure and kids will think so too but
if you have to analyze, you’ll probably be able to find a few things wrong with
it, so just enjoy it. It reminds me of some
of the comics I used to read when I was younger.
Otto, the elephant misses his chum, Georgie. Georgie, (a monkey)
was taken out of the jungle by the man with a wooden nose and Otto, like most
elephants never forgot anything about the whole ordeal. Crackers, (parrot) his friend,
helps Otto remember what happened that day and the two friends set off to try
to find Georgie in America.
Aboard the metal bird (airplane), after being wrapped as a special
and oversized package, the two land in America and begin their hunt. Sure, they get some attention but it seems that
spotting an elephant and a parrot on the streets, of a big city in America, is
not that unusual. The big question is,
will they be able to find Georgie amongst all these people?
It was the adventure that these two friends had trying to locate
Georgie that made this book so enjoyable.
Otto’s size caused quite a few crashes and their lack of understanding
was humorous to me yet others didn’t see it that way. Their love for one another was felt as they
watched out for one another throughout their trip and they tried to fit in to
their new surroundings, the best that they could. I loved how Crackers pushed
and pushed to squeeze Otto into some of the smallest places for an elephant and
I thought Otto’s allergy was extreme but I can see how kids would love it and laugh
as the final scenes of this book processed.
The illustrations are bright and colorful, they really add to the story.
This was a fun and entertaining graphic novel designed for
children. Filled with interesting and humorous
characters, I think young kids will enjoy this book. If you’re ready for some childish, make-believe
fun, pick this book up and be ready for anything.
The loved The Weight of Blood so I was excited to read this
novel. I found myself putting this novel
down many times as in the beginning, I just couldn’t get my mind wrapped around
the drama unfolding. It just wasn’t as captivating
as I hoped it would be for I just wanted
to drown in the misery of Blackwater because I like these kinds of books.
No one seems to care about another death in Blackwater but
Sadie wants to know why her brother Shane, has died. Crystle, his widow, was ready to move on
before Shane’s body was even cold and I took a disliking to her
immediately. When another body is discovered, suddenly
Shane’s case gets some attention.
You have to understand the town and its history to fully grasp
the novel. Blackwater has had its share
of issues over the years. If you’re lucky
and can leave town, you just might miss out on being a part of the poverty and the
drug issues that suffocate its citizens. Leaving family behind? Your ties with Blackwater will never be
broken. Those that don’t make it out, life
in Blackwater is heavy. You will never
find that four-leaf clover or that lucky penny, for it feels as if there is a
curse on the city, an evil curse.
Perhaps it was my mindset when I was reading this novel that
caused me not to concentrate on it and enjoy it. I would like to read this book again in the
future. I am looking forward to reading more
from this author in the future.
I listened to this novel and I really enjoyed it. I also was provided a copy of the novel so I could follow along. To me, it was one of those mysterious novels where something felt off and I was just waiting for something major to transpire, because it had to, right? The answers just never seemed to add up.
I wanted to pull Joe through the pages and strangle him. His behavior was driving me crazy. Had his young son not seen his mother’s car, his wife’s affair might not have been detected. Joe was educated yet at times, he acted like he was wearing blinders. Exposed, Mel claims that her relationship with Ben is over but is it really? With clever twists, the story gives you a lot to think about.
I liked the short chapters and how quickly the novel progressed. I liked how William (son) was involved in the novel and how he continued to play a role throughout the story. It was a clever story and one that kept me vigilant until the very end.
Thank you to NetGalley and the author for providing me a copy of this book, this review is my own opinion of the novel.
Girls & ladies, listen and listen carefully to what I
have to say. If you feel you need
someone in your corner, you need this book.
If you have goals and lack the motivation to go after them, you need
this book. If you just need to hear
someone fired up, to get you moving, you need this book. I was not prepared for what I listened to
when I put this novel in my car’s CD player.
I have just recently purchased a couple of Rachel Hollis’
cookbooks which I absolutely love. They are composed of dishes that I would
actually make. Its real food created from actual grocery stores, not food made
with fancy bouquet food where I’d buy a jar of something that I’d never use
again but actual food. With these down-to-earth recipes, I figured Rachel would
be an easy-going girl yet what I heard in this novel was a woman who was driven,
strong, and very motivated. Bring it on Rachel, we need to hear more of this!
The more I listened to this novel, the more I understood
where she got this ambition. Rachel just doesn’t try to motivate us women, she
gives us some background on her own story so I know where she is coming
from. Listening to her read her own novel,
I could feel how she owned each word that she had put down in print. The energy and desire that she has to help
others feel the same way she feels can definitely be felt while listening to
her. It’s as if she’s trying to tell people: “Come on! Wake up and get with the
Do you need Rachel in your life? I highly recommend the audio of this book,
the enthusiasm and the passion as she reads her own words is definitely worth
I love cats and I’ve been looking at these graphic novels for
a while now. The CatStronauts are just
what they sound like, cats who are astronauts.
Weird, yes but feasible in a kid-friendly world. I enjoyed all the subtle cat references, the friendships,
the easy flow of this graphic novel, and their adventure.
In this mission, Pom Pom is finished helping colonize Mars and
is now meeting up with his team on the Space Station. The team will now try to repair
the Hubba Bubba Telescope. Sounds easy enough for the CatStronauts until transmission
problems arise and they can’t talk to ground control. They discover that meteor showers are causing
all the interference. The problems just
continue for the team as they try to fix one problem after another, until they
discover that if they don’t act quickly, destruction on a massive scale is in
“What the fish is going on?!” These references were just
part of the text, which made me smile as I read this book. References to the kitty box, tuna, kitties,
etc., caught my attention, although there really weren’t a whole lot of them. I felt that they added to the charm of the
book and to the characters, themselves.
This graphic novel had a good flow to it. There was enough action to keep me engaged
and the illustrations were detailed and they complemented to the story. I’m often asked what would be a great graphic
novel to give to a young child and I think this one would fit the bill. It’s a great child’s graphic novel for any
level, I believe. I’m going to pick up
other books in this series to see what these cats are up to.