Monday, September 18, 2017
Wednesday, September 13, 2017
Saturday, September 9, 2017
Beartown is a dying town deep in a forest and they have one point of pride - the hockey club and its various teams. Something bad happens to someone and the aftermath threatens to destroy the club and the town.
Yowza, this was brutal and powerful. Racism, rape, bullying and peer pressure are all explored. I loved this in a whole different way from my normal awe of Fredrik Backman. We have this in print, ebook and on audio at the library, and if I have my way we'll have it as a book club selection soon too.
In this outing they are trying to find an island stolen from Knights' friend, Wayan Bagus, a Buddhist monk. It turns out the U.S. Department of the Interior and the National Park Service, in particular, might have something to do with the island's theft and later disappearance.
The book never really caught my attention, but I slugged through. I think Evanovich might have phoned this one in from her own tropical island escape.
Friday, September 8, 2017
I listened to this on audio read by Bronson Pinchot. It was wonderful.
Joe has gone to the same school since Kindergarten. For most of that, he's been pretty miserable. He has been picked on and struggled with a learning/hearing difference. Fifth grade is looking even less promising than any other now that his mother has taken a job as lunch monitor. As if this wasn't all bad enough, his only two friends moved away. The coolest kid in class finds delight in tormenting Joe.
This story spans just the first week of school for these two boys. If they recognize they have a common enemy and learn to appreciate one another, it might work out.
This was such an amazing story. I loved the two main characters and really enjoyed listening to it on audiobook. Chapters alternated between the two boys' perspectives and handled both of them wonderfully. I highly recommend this for anyone who likes real life stories.