The first thing I noticed about this book? It's in a totally different state than her Magical Cats mystery series. I love that. So many authors get stuck writing in the same general location over and over. Stephen King is the first that comes to mind, since the majority of his works are set in Maine. It adds continuity to the overall body of work for an author, if they intend to interweave different stories. It's repetitious for those authors that don't. It's a big world, people. Spread out.
That being said, I also enjoy that while there are definite similarities, each series is unique enough that it's easy to tell the apart. Here you have a rescue cat who's intelligent but not magical. Everything he does falls within the parameters of most people's reality. The heroine is in a place that she spent her childhood in, rather than a mostly foreign area. In this one there is a very large group of core people who interact and have distinct personalities and histories with each other. The only ones that kinda blended were Rosa and Charlotte. Hopefully that's corrected as this goes on.
I bolted toward the chain-link fence.
- first sentence
This is a story about best friends Rip and Red, and their experience in 5th grade. They expect things to go a certain way but are greeted with unexpected change everywhere they look. The school district budget has been cut and with these cuts come staff changes and changes to the sports program. Rip and Red have been looking forward to playing basketball together and having a certain 5th-grade teacher. Red has some issues, but Rip has always been there to guide him through. But the changes this year challenge both of them.
This is a fun realistic fiction story that kids who love basketball (and others) will enjoy. The friendship between Red and Rip is special and meaningful. The new teacher, Mr. Acevedo embodies the naivete and hope of teachers fresh out of college. He really wants to make a difference in the lives of his students. The book is well written and fun to read.
This is another book nominated for the 2017-18 Sunshine State Young Readers Award, grades 3-5. I'm sure there will be more than a few fans of this book in our school.
With thanks to Netgalley and Penguin for this ARC in exchange for an open and honest review.
I enjoyed Fiona's last book The Good Girl, I have to admit when I saw The Betrayals I requested it before reading the synopsis. I am glad to say Fiona did not betray the trust I had in her writing, I loved it.
First of all I liked the front cover of this book. If I saw this in a bookshop it would compel me to pick up the book and read. Rosie and Lisa have been best friends since school. Years later Rosie married Nick a scientist and Lisa married music journalist Barney. Rosie's daughter Daisy and Lisa's daughter Ava also became best friends. Both families remained close and Rosie was a shoulder to cry on when Lisa's marriage was failing.
When the families go on their annual holiday to Norfolk, Lisa and Nick start an affair. When Rosie finds out she throws Nick out of their house and the two families become estranged. After he father left Daisy was diagnosed with crippiling OCD.
Seven years later Rosie intercepts a letter from Lisa wanting to see Rosie. The letter prompts Daisy's OCD to return. People often make jokes about OCD but the description of Daisy's rituals just to function sounded exhausting. In this book we find out what happened on the Norfolk holiday through the eyes of Daisy, younger brother Max, Rosie and Nick, but how reliable are their memories?
This was a fascinating book, if this family were real they would be guests on Jeremy Kyle. I look forward to Fiona's next book.
Amelia is a tough kid and she is going thru a lot, her parents just got divorced, she moved from New York City to a small town in Pennsylvania, and she is trying to navigate a new school. Amelia isn't perfect, she has selfish moments and generous moments. She makes new friends who help her deal with bullies, gym class, and family trips.
I really enjoyed this book. Amelia goes through tough times, and she shows real emotions and feelings. Her character isn't sugar coated or made to seem perfect.
Kids will recognize parts of themselves in this book, and realize that others are going through similar experiences.