Monday, January 1, 2018

You'll Like It Here (Everybody Does)


You’ll Like It Here (Everybody Does)  
Author: Ruth White


Rating: 5/5 Stars
Reviewer: Denise Z.
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Summary: Although Meggie Blue seems to be an average sixth-grader she is abnormally frightened when residents of her small, North Carolina town become fixated on aliens, and soon she and her family are forced to flee, making it clear that all is not as it seems.

Review: You’ll Like It Here (Everybody Does) by Ruth White is an excellent book to introduce to a child who is interested in science fiction and dystopian novels. White, who is a Newbery Honor Winner, introduces the reader to the Blue Family. They are aliens from outer space who live in America until they are questioned by their town. They are forced to use their extraterrestrial equipment to travel to another place. The place they happen to travel to seems just like America, except it lacks certain freedoms and lack of imagination and expression.

A lot of lessons are to be learned from this book, such as how imagination and creativity are an important part of society and what would happen if we didn’t have such freedoms to be creative and unique from each other. There is also a fun dynamic between siblings Meggie Blue and her brother David and how they each handle going from being in North Carolina to “Fashion City.”

Sunday, December 31, 2017

Gilda Joyce Psychic Investigator






Gilda Joyce Psychic Investigator
Author: Jennifer Allison
Rating: 5/5 Stars
Reviewer: Denise Z. 
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Summary: During the summer before ninth grade, intrepid Gilda Joyce invites herself to the San Francisco mansion of distant cousin Lester Splinter and his thirteen-year-old daughter, where she uses her purported psychic abilities and detective skills to solve the mystery of the mansion's boarded-up tower.

Review: This book sparked my interest because I was wondering how the idea of a psychic investigator would be geared towards young readers. I think Jennifer Allison did a great job of keeping interest for both the young and old reader. This is a mysterious and funny book with a loveable and relatable main character that young girls can relate to and appreciate. The book is quite well-written and is a great alternative for a young reader who enjoys mysteries and the paranormal or loves reading Harriet the Spy books. I would recommend this series for ages 10 and up.