The Square Root of Summer releases today, and I’m geeked to be part of the blog tour.
The Square Root of Summer focuses mainly on change. How Gottie changed from one day to the next because of the loss of her grandfather, and how she changed from one summer to the next because of all of the other losses in her life. The loss of her first love, her best friend, her ability to communicate. Unfortunately, some of Gottie’s losses are self-inflicted. Her grief is so intense that she doesn’t know how to deal with it, and it morphs into grief over other losses, so she doesn’t even know what she’s grieving for. She also has all of this guilt to reconcile herself with, and she understandably has a difficult time processing all of the emotions and changes in her life. Read more
May Contain Spoilers
Up From the Sea is a moving story of a boy who survived the earthquake and tsunami in Japan in 2011. The account of his fear during the quake and flight from the deadly ocean surge is suspenseful and very scary. I can’t imagine experiencing it myself. His worries about the fate of his family is also very emotional. Kai has lost everything, and his helplessness and hopelessness resonate through the author’s use of free verse. How can he go on, knowing that his mother, grandmother, and grandfather have all died? Everything he loved and took for granted is gone. His family, his friends, his school, even his soccer ball – gone. Read more
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Written in the Stars is an emotionally compelling story, and man, did it make me angry! To think that there are still cultures that value the lives and dreams of girls so little that they would sell them into marriage when they are still basically children makes me so frustrated for the future of all of us. The protagonist Naila is a hard-working honor student with one goal in life – going to med school and becoming a doctor. When she lies to her parents and sneaks off to prom, she’s punished in the most demeaning way. She’s taken to Pakistan, lied to by her parents, and married off against her will. Good-bye, intelligent, science-minded young woman. You are going to be a cloistered housewife for the rest of your life, and all of those endless possibilities that were once open to you? Gone. All of those people your medical skills could have saved? Nope, your parents thought being barefoot and pregnant at seventeen was a more worthy pursuit for your keen mind. Sigh. Read more
Robin Talley hijacked the virtual dashboard this morning to chat about her research for Lies We Tell Ourselves.
Top 5 most surprising facts I learned while conducting research for Lies We Tell Ourselves:
I had to do a lot of research to write Lies We Tell Ourselves. Read more
This morning, Jenny Colgan shares Issy’s must haves for the kitchen. Be sure to enter the giveaway for a chance to win a digital copy of Christmas at the Cupcake Café!
Issy’s Top 5 must haves:
*A good mixer. Kenwood, the British brand is the best: they also come in gorgeous colours!
*a cooling rack. You need to get air under your cakes to finish baking them properly when they’re out the oven! Read more
This morning I have a giveaway for Ellen Hopkins’ latest release RUMBLE. Check out the blurb and enter to win a copy! Read more
May Contain Spoilers
Wow! This is a hard book to review, because it’s so important for the reader to go in blind, or it won’t work. The slow unfolding of Cady’s forgotten memory, like a languid summer day, is suspenseful and engrossing. I started reading They Were Liars without even reading the blurb, and I’m glad I didn’t. Knowing too much going in spoils the mystery of Cady’s lost summer, so I hadn’t even read any reviews for the book. I hate spoilers! Read more
Sandra from Brenda Beem’s Knockdown stopped by to share 5 things not to do during a Mega Tsunami.
1.Get stuck in traffic. Sixteen year old Toni, the main character, rides her bike to the marina where her family’s sailboat, Whistler is moored. The city has been ordered to evacuate. Traffic is jammed. The police are gone. Desperate people are fleeing the city. Toni makes it to the boat because she can weave through the mess on her bike. He parents are not so lucky, and never make it. Read more