Friday, November 06, 2015

11/7/15 reviews from Saleena, YA Librarian

This title I actually listened to, and I was looking forward to it because I loved Wein's other titles.  This one also takes place during WWII, but this one is set in Ethiopia and is told in the voices of two "siblings" (they were raised together but aren't actually related).  The title is what their mothers called themselves when they did air shows, but when Teo's mother dies in an accident, Em's mother raises them up together on her own (with some help from her parents).  Em's mom decides to move them to Ethiopia because it was Teo's mom's dream to find a place where things weren't so hard for a person of color, and because Teo's dad was from Ethiopia.  Em and Teo find themselves falling in love with the country but still feel very American sometimes....then they find out a secret that changes everything, and just as WWII is getting started and Italy is set to invade Ethiopia.  
Wein is amazing at writing stories that swoop you up and don't let go until you cry and beg for mercy.  This is another example of exactly that.

Sleeper and the Spindle is a twisted fairy tale by my hero, Neil Gaiman.  It's probably a hard sell to teens as it looks like a kids picture book but it's really not.  Anyway, it was really cool to read and the art is (of course) amazing (Gaiman always finds great artists).  Give it a try for a quick, fun read

Dumplin' is getting a lot of press so I was excited to read it; but honestly, I found it failing to live up to the hype.  It isn't bad, full-sized girl does a beauty pageant to prove she can, and doubts herself and her hot boyfriend will last because,,,,she's not skinny.....I don't know, I realize it's good to have books like these out there, but honestly I'm tired of the same "I'm fat and I hate myself" tropes......I like that she had a hot boyfriend and joined a beauty pageant, couldn't we just do that instead of all the "hate my body" stuff?  Not a bad book, just a smidge predictable and formulaic.

Up From the Sea is a book I found in my pile of pre-pub titles, and I shall be buying it come's a book in poetry format about a boy who is living and dealing with the tsunami in Japan in 2011.  His struggles to survive as well as his pain from his father's abandonment (and the fact that his father was American and white didn't help) are interplayed with his anger and grief over having lost everything and everyone in the disaster.  I really liked this book, it was emotional and yet hopeful.  

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