It was a stormy night. Sally and her brother sat near the window. It looked like their day would be boring. That is until there was a BUMP. Sally and her brother jumped.
Then out of nowhere the cat in the hat steps into the house and says why do you sit there? I know it is wet. But we can have lots of fun that is funny. I know good games that we could play.
The cat knew some good tricks and new ones too, but the fish said no, no, no. You should not be here at all. And especially when their Mum is not home.
The cat says have no fear. Then out of nowhere he carry’s the fish while hoping on a ball.
What will the kids do after the cat makes the mess? Then the Mum was near what will they do or tell their mum?
I liked how it was funny and was poetry.
Recommended for kids 8 and above
Published by HarperCollins Children’s books 2016. Originally published in 1957
Read with fluency and expression. Reviewed by Tania. 8 years old.
Dylan lives for football. Not any football Rugby League. He plays for the Mt Isa Miners. My Isa’s his country; lived there all his life surrounded by family and friends. That is until the BIG NEWS. Mum got a job is Brisbane.
Brisbane’s a world away from Mt Isa, big brash and exciting. Lonely, new school, no football. Day one at the new school is tough. Bullies, principal and anger. Dylan’s secret is out. One kid from his class sees it. A friendship is born along with a new name for Dylan. Deadly D.
Deadly D and his personal assistant – Justice, find themselves training with the Broncos Rugby League team. How is Deadly – a skinny kid – going to survive playing with his heroes at the Broncos? Time for the secret. What is the secret? Is Deadly D good enough for the team?
I liked the fun easy flow of the story. The dynamic between the two boys was positive and enjoyable. Particularly engaging for football crazy kids not too keen on reading.
Published by Magabala Books 2013
State Library of Queensland Kuril Dhagun Prize Winner Black and White 2013
A fun read recommended for 8+
Read and review Judy Wollin April 4 2020
Adam wants to be normal, fit in, but is thrown into a world of kidnappings, an end-of-the-world cult and vivid nightmares. Adam likes good looking girls, but Abbie is something else. Clever, quick and fiercely independent.
Deaths happen. Adam is nearby. Is he being framed for the bashing of a school friend? Why does disaster seem to follow him? Adam must move quickly if he is to find answers and survive the nightmare.
This exciting story grips the reader from page one and deals with teenage friendships, loyalty and truth finding with subtlety. Hoyle maintains the pace throughout the story.
Highly recommended 13+
Published by Macmillan Children’s Books 2014
Read and reviewed Judy Wollin
Charlie walks into his house after school to find Mum ‘losing it’. Dad has brough home a puppy. Mum wants a cat. Charlie stole three dollars from Mum’s housekeeping jar for an ice-block. He doesn’t want any attention while it’s so wild at home.
Dad doesn’t know when silence is a good thing and talks up the puppy and gives it to Charlie. Charlie is thrilled. He always wanted a dog. He calls him Spike and hides it in his bedroom. He wakes to an awful smell and a trail of puppy poo across his room. Dad helps carry the puppy out of the house to be hosed off but the trail of poo through the house is a disaster.
The school goes into lockdown when a ‘dingo’ pup is spotted in the yard. Charlie recognises it and is the hero who catches it and is escorted home in the police van. Mum convinces the police it’s a Kelpie.
The camel festival it about to start and visitors are arranging in town. A rash of break-ins and robberies happen. Spike is caught stealing a visitor’s bag. What will happen to Spike? Who is stealing from people’s homes? Who is Fluffy?
Illustrations Peter Sheehan.
Published by LITTLE HARE 2011
A fun read recommended for 8+. A great book to read together to discuss the themes.
Read and reviewed by Judy Wollin March 2020
Georges—the ‘S’ is silent—is moving. The house where he has his own bedroom with a fire escape and a bed near the ceiling is being swapped for an apartment in New York. It’s only blocks from the house but it’s a new world.
Dad’s lost his job and Mum’s working double shifts—so it must be serious. Not just the adventure Mum and Dad said. School’s not that much fun—bullies and boredom. It’s been hard to make friends in Middle School. Jason isn’t his friend anymore—he hangs with the cool kids. Too bad the cool kids are bullies too.
Spy Club, Safer and Candy open a different world to Georges. Home schooled and a bit eccentric Safer watches the world through the lobby camera and binoculars. Safer has a theory about Mr X. on level four. Something strange is happening—he left the building with a heavy suitcase. Georges suggests he might be a murderer. They seek evidence. Safer breaks into Mr X’s apartment. Georges is worried—it’s crossing a line, what if Mr X is dangerous? What if he’s at home? Safer is his only friend. Should he do what Safer suggests?
Mum is in hospital. Will she die? Can Dad help? Will he make things worse? How to stop the bullying at school? What is Safer up to?
Winner of the Guardian Prize for Children’s Fiction.
Published by YEARLING 2012
Recommended for 9+ A great book to read together to explore the themes in the book.
Read and reviewed by Judy Wollin March 2020
This murder mystery is gripping from the start. It opens with Cooper Bartholomew in the throws of dying.
The simple explanation is that he suicided. Everyone says so.
Libby struggles to believe this. He was happy with his job, his mum and his life. He loved her. She loved him.
Sebastian loved Cameron. Cameron was his best friend. Alcohol and drugs help the pain of his death.
Sebastian’s family is rich. Held in high regards by the local community. His mum is unhappy – she plays happy-wife very well. Maybe Sebastian’s coming out shattered his relationship with his father, but his father had secrets. Deep secrets. Maybe there never was a relationship. Alcohol and drugs help the pain.
Cameron was over Sarah. Sarah wasn’t over Cameron. Alcohol and drugs help the pain.
Libby’s Mum and friends rally to support her. Cameron was her lover. She’d never been so happy. Family and friends aren’t enough.
Libby has a hunch that wouldn’t go away. What did Sarah know about deep secrets? Old secrets? Why were Sebastian and Sarah hiding something? What had happened at Bradley’s Edge?
Leave it, it won’t help is the advice from everyone – even Sebastian’s mother. Why? Who does that suit? What does Libby discover?
Published by ALLEN&UNWIN 2014
Recommended for 15+
Read and review April 1 2020 Judy Wollin
Let’s be clear Juno HATES reading. She a Ninja that’s why she likes wearing black. Disaster strikes. Muttonbird Primary might be closing. That cant happens. Juno HATES the posh school and the only other alternative if the poo smelling school right next door to the sewerage works.
Miss Tippett says the only way to keep the school open is to READ. Not only read but keep a READING JOURNAL too. Desperate times call for desperate measures. Juno says she’ll write her own story. All the stories in school are BORING.
If Juno is to be an author, she needs chapter headings, interesting characters and cliff hangers. Men-in-suits who are really lizard skinned aliens visit Muttonbird Primary. Maybe not. Maybe it’s a sugar rush from THREE iced doughnuts.
Vandalism, blaming innocent kids and fights break out. A ninja investigation is called for. Can Juno (Ninja) find who wrecked Bella’s journal? Will Shy Vi get the blame? What do the lizard skinned aliens (men-in-suits) say about the future of Muttonbird Primary? Does Juno get her book written?
A fun read for 8+
The style will appeal to all readers including kids not-so-keen on reading.
Published by Yellow Brick Books 2019
Read and reviewed Judy Wollin April 3 2020
Justice Junior likes to be called JJ. JJ is angry. Really angry. He’s had enough. Enough of being second best. Tired of being a side kick. It’s over, no-more side kick for JJ.
JJ calls a meeting with his friends Flygirl and Dinomite. Together they decide to form their own superhero gang and save the world together. Trouble is an intruder has found the gangs head-office. Goo wants in. Isn’t he the enemy?
Goo has escaped evil Dr Enok. Will JJ, Flygirl and Dinomite let Goo join their superhero gang? Can they escape the evil Dr Enok?
The new superhero gang heads out to do super deeds. On no. Side kicks have bosses. Bosses who want to keep their side kicks. Who’ll do all their jobs if they don’t have sidekicks? Can JJ, Flygirl, Dinomite and Goo escape from the dastardly grasp of their not-so-nice super bosses? Can they be a superhero gang?
A fun read for early and middle grade readers 7+ The carton style of the book makes it fun for all.
Published by Penguin Random House Australia 2019
Read and reviewed by Judy Wollin April 4 2020
If you have seen a whale you know how magnificent they are. Huge, peaceful, curious and playful. Claire had planned and dreamed of seeing the whales in the waters off Sydney for a year. She found herself on her father’s yacht in waves that were growing rapidly as the weather deteriorated. Claire thought she glimpsed a whale, but Dad thought is was rough water.
Claire begged for one more try to see a whale, but a huge wave capsized the yacht. Claire’s dad was flung overboard, and she nearly drowns.
Survival instinct trigger Claire’s response. She’s still onboard and must do what’s necessary to survive. Claire finds super strength to hack away at the remaining splinters of wood, so the broken mast falls into the ocean. It falls but injures Claire in the process. She struggles to release the damaged sails and lines.
The yacht with Claire on board is carried South on the ocean currents. Dark shapes emerge from the depth of the ocean. Whales – Claire is fascinated. She ties a rope to the yacht and throws the line into the ocean. She dives in and swims near the whales.
Claire is sick, she has a fever and a very painful leg. She feels better in the cool water. Danger approaches silently and swiftly. The whales dive into the safety of the dark depth of the ocean. Can Claire survive the predators, the cold and her illness? Alone. Floating further and further South.
Recommended for 8+ years. A lovely book to read together too.
Published by Penguin 1994 ISBN 0-14-034493-4
Read and reviewed by Judy Wollin February 2020
Wadjda dreams of freedom. No rules. No boring school. She knows if she had a bicycle she’d have the freedom she dreams of. Her entrepreneurial skills come to the fore and she sells sweets, bracelet—anything she can think of—a school. All prohibited. Wadjda has never felt she belongs at school and her sales isolate her even more.
Things at home are not so good either. Mum, as schoolteacher in a remote village, has a huge commute in a hot minivan every day and is often exhausted. Mum follows the rules. Mum says no to the bicycle. Dad works in the Empty Quarter and is hardly ever home. He’s spending more and more time at his mother’s house. Dad’s not home enough to know about the bicycle. Money’s in short supply. The bike looks further and further away.
School life gets trickier. Wadjda is in trouble—serious trouble—visiting the Principal. She’s been caught with her contraband. Wrong shoes not sufficiently covered to be the modest schoolgirl the school likes. Her friendship with the rebels adds to her difficulties.
The Religious Club at school has a competition—reciting the Koran—with a money prize. Big money. Enough to buy a bike.
Wadjda signs up. That decision sets in motion a mountain of hard work. Study, memorising and practicing. Every spare minute. Wadjda wins. But the money slips through her fingers. Why? Mum has bought a new white lab coat, cut her hair and is sitting, sad, on the house roof. What’s happened? What does it mean? What does the future hold?
Recommended for 13+ a very good read to see ordinary life in Saudi Arabia. Great to stimulate discussions.
The author Haifaa Al Mansour is an award-winning Saudi Arabian film director and screenwriter. This book is based on her film ‘Wadjda.’
Read and reviewed March 2020 Judy Wollin
Myron is anxious. New shirt. New Shoes. New School. Myron’s class is in room 15. There are only four kids in the class. In the afternoon Myron joins a bigger class with 22 kids. Day one is thrown into chaos when the school kitchen is trashed, and the morning snacks go missing.
Myron meets the licorice eating Hajrah who is hiding in the cupboard in the kitchen. Hajrah is one of Myron’s classmates. She tells Myron she’s in room 15 because she “too jumpy”. Myron tells Hajrah “I’m autistic…My brain works differently.” Hajrah is impressed and is sure having a brain the works differently makes Myron a great detective. She joins Myron as his assistant. Myron isn’t so sure he wants or likes working with an assistant.
Glitch stole things last year. She’s suspect one. Did she steal the snacks? If not, Glitch who did? Why is Smasher so keen to stop Myron finding the answer? Can Myron work with Hajrah? Can they find the snack snatcher before more snacks go missing?
I enjoyed the inclusion of the range of characters that brought their unique perspectives to the fore.
Recommended for 8+. A great book to read together and to explore and build empathy around inclusion.
Illustrated by Aurélie Grand.
Published by Owl Kids Books 2015
Read and Reviewed Judy Wollin March 2020
Rusty’s grandfather has died. Rusty loved Him but he’s not sad. Rusty stays with his Aunt while Mum and Dad sort out the hospital ‘practicalities’. Rusty is given his grandfather’s broken pocket watch.
Rusty and his friend jack have built a fort. Three older boys are wrecking it. Rusty tells them to stop and they give chase. He races to Lou’s house and hides there. Lou is curious about why the boys are chasing Rusty.
At home things are sad. Mum cries and Dad is tired. In the middle of this unhappiness Rusty watched a movie with a superhero. Rusty thinks if he’s s superhero ‘Brown’ maybe he can fix things. He makes a cape and mask and ventures out in the middle of the night to settle the score with the bullies. Grandfather’s pocket watch starts to work and Rusty sees an unexpected visitor sitting in the garden.
What does Brown do? Who is Black? Why are the bullies making more trouble? What do Brown, Black and Blue plan to do? What are the bullies up to? What do the police want at Rusty’s house.
A fun read. A great book to read together to discuss life in Norway and the themes the book addresses. Recommended for 8+
Published by Enchanted Lion Books 2019 First English edition.
Translated from Norwegian to English by Kari Dickson
Read and reviewed by Judy Wollin March 20, 2020.
Angel Mage by Garth Nix is a fantasy saga with rich engaging characters, a captivating plot and a strong mystery.
A talent for power and a lack of wisdom will never end well. Liliath has beauty, never ending youth and lots and lots of magical talent. Angels must answer to her. Even the most powerful angels’ quake at her command and do her bidding.
Liliath must recruit a loyal, strong army if she is to be successful. Her beauty and ability to cure the most disfigured makes Bisc a loyal commander. Bisc raises an army and defeats enemies. He secures a doctor, mathematician, musketeer and an unusual woman with a gift for making icons. They must be kept alive—as instructed by Liliath.
The grey garb all Refusers must wear, marks them out as cursed and irredeemable. Liliath offers hope.
A king, good for nothing but gambling, an easily lead queen, an ambitious cardinal and the head of the armed forces all jostle for power. Secretive and alert to treachery, all have spies and informers. Greed leads all along a deadly path.
What is it they seek? Liliath, Maid of Ellanda and Angel killer—how are they linked? Why were the doctor, mathematician, musketeer and icon maker taken prisoner?
Recommended for 13+ and YA
Published by Allen and Unwin
Read and reviewed by Judy Wollin March 2020
Brian Robeson hated one word – divorce. He knew ‘the secret’ and hated what had happened to his family and life. Instead of having both parents at home, he was flying to the remote Canadian wilderness to spend the summer with his dad. Shared access, shared between parents.
Brian had never flown in a single-engine plane before. The noise of the engine was so loud conversation as impossible and Brian was left to his own thoughts sitting in the co-pilot’s seat. The taciturn pilot lets Brian have a go at flying the plane. He finds it takes much more skill and much smaller hand movements on the controls than he thought.
A heart attacked and a crash landing find Brian alone in the wilderness, forest for as far as he could see. A lake nearby. Brian is eaten alive by mosquitoes at dusk. The itching bites almost drive him crazy and leave his eyes swollen and nearly completely closed. It won’t be long before rescuers come. Brian only needs to survive until they arrive.
They don’t arrive. Brian must fight to survive and fight he does. He learns a mountain of survival skills. There is no behind the scenes first aid, help or food like on the TV survival shows. Brian experiences hunger like never before. What must he do to survive?
A fast paced, page turner. High recommended for 8+
Read and reviewed by Judy Wollin November 2019
Figgy has a problem. Well, two problems—her name which always draws attention—there are no other Figgys in Ghana, or probably the world, and her grandmother is sick and needs medicine.
Figgy decides to travel to America to get the medicine her Grandmother needs. Money is the first of multiple problems. Her friends give her their lunch money and she heads towards the bus station with her goat, Kwame. He’d be lonely without her.
Figgy’s determination leads her North. Rain, mud and the loss of her money slows her but does not stop her. Nana, a homeless 10-year-old boy befriends Figgy. He greets her in German, so he most know lots about the world. He’ll help her get to the “United Stilts of America”.
Together they walk, work, eat and sleep their way slowly North across Ghana in search of America. Figgy and Nana take any job they can. Not everyone is kind and some adults are predatory. How to tell the kind from the dangerous? Some people, like Grandma, look scary but are kind and some well-dressed people are dangerous. Some are good. It is so confusing.
Can Figgy and Nana find their way to America? Will anyone help them? Will they get the medicine Grandmother needs?
Recommended for 8+. A great book to read together.
Published by Scholastic 2014
Read and reviewed Judy Wollin March 10-11 2020
A second review
Very moving story I needed a tissue box.....Figgy a very stoic and tenacious little girl, embarks on a journey to save her grandma Ama. The journey is harder and longer than she thought.
This story touches on stranger danger, who do you trust, domestic violence, how big the world can be and the value of true friends.
Good book to read with your children to open conversations and to guide them through these issues. Where can children get help?
Recommended for age 9+
Read a number of times. Most recently February, March 2020.
Reviewed by Ellan March 2020.
Smartphones are amazing. Who doesn’t have one? High school kids seemed to have one glued to their hand. Maeve, Knox and Phoebe along with all their friends stay in touch, run their lives and shares all their news with their phones.
The school principle has threatened a total ban on phones at school if gossip and bullying rears its ugly head again. Simon’s death hangs over the school still, 18 months later. The kid who copied Simon’s gossip bullying is ostracised and it looks like all is back to normal.
That is until a truth or dare game is posted anonymously. Vicious gossip is posted about the first player who didn’t respond and its ugly after that. Friends wonder who’s behind it. No-one can resist the temptation to view the game, terrified their next. Dares get more and more outrageous until it’s fatal.
Who is behind the game? Who wants people hurt—dead. Why? What is happening? How can the kids at Bayview High stop the game?
A must read. Highly recommended for 13+
Published by Penguin 2020
Read and reviewed by Judy Wollin March 2020
This story portrays the pain of war, death of loved one, homelessness and the importance of a ray of hope beautifully. The convergence of the two themes; life before and life now highlight the losses for peoples forced to leave their homes.
‘Will we be granted asylum?’ is an ongoing fear even when bombs are no longer a threat. The migrants exchange life threatening perils for dangers associated with homelessness; theft, rape, stealing of children, grooming of children for sexual exploitation and murder. Even if they can reach their chosen, or a safe destination uncertainty adds to the already overwhelming burden these people experience. The plight of those without money, papers or friends is chilling.
Lefteri has drawn on her experience in refugee camps in Greece to bring together the stories of the migrants she worked with. The pain and loss is poignant.
A must read. Highly recommended for 15+
Published by Zafre 2019
Read and reviewed by Judy Wollin March 2020
Jack and his family love to camp on the beach at Sea Horse Bay. Mum fishes with great success. Dad loves to go scuba diving for crayfish and Jack’s little sister has practiced and practiced her snorkelling so she can go abalone hunting with her big brother.
Jack would have liked a mate to snorkel with, but his sister is amazing. Tanya is ready for her first snorkelling venture in the channel. Dad makes sure Jack and Tanya are safe and leaves them to it. Tanya and Jack bring home a feed of abalone.
The family loves to cook their catch on an open fire and talk about how Vince’s dad likes to do things the old ways. Starting a fire with old wood and spinning a wooden rod. Vince is proud of his Dad and wants to keep the old ways alive.
Jacks not sure, but he thinks he’s seen something on the ocean floor. Vince and Jack go back. They’ve found a boat. Scuba diving down to the boat they see that it has been deliberately scuttled and sunk.
Jack spots a man with binoculars lurking at the top of the cliff. What’s his story? Who sunk the boat? Can Jack and his family keep the boat?
Sea Horse is a chapter book for independent readers. The story is powerful and a fun read.
Highly recommended for 8+. A fun story to read together.
Published by Magabala Books 2015
Read and reviewed by Judy Wollin February 2020.
Kizmet is a personal assistant investigator. Her assistant is Gretchen.
They assist Kizmet’s father who is a police inspector. He needs all the assistants he can muster. The clues keep coming—a scientist who can’t pronounce his own name, a 180cm tall Tassie Tiger, a very cross goat farmer, a faithful assistant with a secret, a fiancé and a cranky store owner. It is all a bit overwhelming for the real inspector.
Luckily Kizmet is on the case too. Gretchen is not your usual assistant. Who is disguised? Who is following Kizmet? Can Kizmet and Gretchen find the Tassie Tiger that has been after the gun toting farmer’s goats?
The narrator adds wonder and fun to the story. An interesting mystery recommended for 8+years.
Published by Puffin Books 2015
Read and reviewed by Judy Wollin February 2020.
Great Aunt Sassy boards her transport to the Dutch Opera House. A fierce gust of wind ruins Ella’s umbrella. Great Aunt Sassy shouts from the helicopter “Darling, you must use the scarlet umbrella…”
Midnight goes missing. On further investigation Ella finds that all the cats from her tall apartment block have gone missing. What secrets does the scarlet umbrella hold? Where could all the cats be? Who can help her find them?
A boy with a very unusual pet, musical instruments and the Unforgotten Concert Hall are all linked to the missing cats but how? Ella is a gifted musician and music holds a secret too. Can Ella put all the clues together and find the cats?
A light-hearted introduction to mystery and fantasy.
Recommended for 6+ years. A fun book to read together too.
Published by Scholastic 2015. This edition 2016.
Read and reviews by Judy Wollin February 2020.
Archie is torn; a long boring road trip to a funeral with Mum and Dad or a sleepover at Aunt Ruth’s. One weekend how bad can it be?
The moment Archie walks up the front steps to Aunt Ruth’s house he wonders if the road trip would be the safer option. Where is Uncle Jock? What had Uncle Cecil died off? Archie wondered if he’d eaten some of Aunt’s terrible cooking.
Aunt Ruth thinks Archie needs sorting out. She keeps him out in the garden weeding, tidying and moving stuff all day. Archie’s room is next to the stairway to the basements. Why does Aunt Ruth forbid him from going down into the basement? What is there?
A visitor appears out of the dark rainy night. What does he want? Strange noises from the basement keep Archie awake. Was Uncle Jock trapped in the basement? Why did Aunt Ruth take a bucket of food down into the basement? Archie is determined to rescue Uncle Jock from the basement.
The night noises keep Archie awake. He grabs his torch and creeps towards the basement. What did he find?
A fun mystery recommended for 8+. A fun book to read together.
Published by Wombat Books 2017.
Read and review by Judy Wollin February 2020
Resin, Turps and Columbine are three kids living in semi-tamed bush on the family farm. The kids loved the freedom and adventures they could have right at their backdoor. Horses, a possum called pinch, dogs, an enormous tom-cat and a visiting goanna make up the menagerie of pets. There are farm animals and yabbies too.
The characters are vivid and easy to imagine. The adventures childhood experiences around home. The ever-present threat of danger is an ongoing theme of the story—snakes, pets that bite and scratch, unfenced dams, “The Big Scrub” and fire.
Fire cause by matches and cigarette butts thrown from cars, campfires not put out properly and carelessness threaten homes, cultivated land, farms and animals, the bush and people’s lives.
This book was first published in 1966. Some of the language and imperial measurement reflect that.
The book is recommended as an excellent source of material to trigger discussions, particularly addressing how children grew up in rural towns and small family farms in the 1950s and 60s.
In addition, bush fire and its impact on people, farms, animals and townships is a relevant today as in the 1960’s. This too could be used to stimulate discussion and build empathy with those affected by fire.
Published first in 1966, Reprinted by New Holland Publishers Australia 2018
Read and review by Judy Wollin February 2020
‘My Granny is a troll.’ This sets up this fun story for young readers. It is an introduction to what you can see behind the most unexpected facades. Frankie’s family have run the Nothing to See Here Hotel for generations. It is the resort for unusual guests who may have problems with regular hotels.
A goblin messenger brings news that sets the hotel into panic — a royal visitor. Most of us would end up in a spin if the Queen was coming to visit — tomorrow. Chaos ensues as preparations are made for the royal visitor.
His royal highness arrives but is not the pleasant surprise the family were expecting. The Nothing to See Here Hotel is thrown into turmoil and risks being exposed to the rest of Brighton. The resort for magical creatures would be lost, Frankie would be homeless along with the rest of his family and bedlam would follow.
The changes in text type and the illustrations are engaging. A fun read for all.
I enjoyed the humour and unusual characters.
Recommended for 8+
Published by Simon and Schuster 2018
Read and reviewed by Judy Wollin Jan 2020
Mark takes Beau, his dog, his camera and his journal with him when he sets off. He knows his destination, but he hasn’t told anyone else.
Jess has a suspicion; it grows and nags and simply won’t let go.
Mum and Dad have no idea. Their world had fallen apart. Why would this cherished child, they had shed so many tears over, run away?
Mark struggles with fatigue, thieves, and pain. The weather adds to his misery. The journey gets harder and harder.
The adults he comes across are lazy, kind, careless and worried.
Jess is terrified her lost friend is going to die. Is choosing to die.
The blizzard is a white out.
What will Mark lose? What will he find?
Dan Gemeinhart addresses Mark’s struggle great prowess. Not only does he address the physical struggles he addresses Mark’s inner turmoil too. The alternating point of view between mark and Jess helps share the struggles of the other characters too.
Published by Chicken House 2015
Recommended for 10+ years
Read and Review Judy Wollin February 2020