As Brave As You looks like a little kids book, but it really works for older teens as well; it examines what a life of bravery really is and what family really means. Reynolds takes us into the country as these two boys spend the summer with their grandparents, which is completely different from the inner city life they are used to. Reynolds tells such a beautiful story with an ease that makes this a quick read, but very deep.
I read this AFTER reading the second book, but it didn't matter, such a great tale set in a fairy tale setting but taken in a whole new direction. Hatke does a fabulous job and I will continue to read these as long as they are printed. The themes of bravery and difference and caring and family are poignant and the art work is fun and exciting. Plus, you can't lose basing a tale on Jack and the Beanstalk!
Anyway this examination of grief and family and the lies we tell each other is excruciating and beautiful and so engaging; all in a short number of pages. You will cry, it is a story of loss after all; but it is also a story of acceptance and love, which makes this title ring true; because in the end...we are okay.
Bring tissues though, you will need them!
I am trying to also read tween & younger teen books, so this looked interesting. Sadly, it is a little too cutesy and not substantive enough to make me happy. The idea is that a scientist has invented a box that will bring to life anything you imagine; and of course a young man imagines some bad things (he was having a nightmare); and things get weird. There is also random government conspiracies and betrayals mixed into the crazy chase of elements...it is an alright book, but not great.