I like everything about this book! The main character suffers from a terrible accident that leaves her unable to walk for a full year, but the book isn't completely sad. I like the way the family remembers their lives back in Cuba, making foods and following customs from their native land. I like the way the main character's family helps her through the accident and her recuperation. The book offers people in bad situations lots of hope. It's the type of book that just makes you feel good to read. I would recommend it.
I'm not like other kids. I have a number of chronic health conditions, which make it difficult to do many things that other kids do. Based on the title of this book, it sounds like something that I can relate to.
Dave's grandfather invented fire, and his father invented the wheel. Dave is on a quest to invent something really great, too. But along the way he discovers challenges and perils of pre-historic times, like animals that want to have him for lunch. This book is written in the style of a comic book -- several "squares" with text and illustrations on each page. The illustrations are clever and there is pre-historic humor throughout the book. Mostly, it deals with the issues of inventions and possibilities in life.
I remember watching an old movie called Raiders of the Lost Ark. This book reminds me of that movie. There is lots of action -- sliding through caverns, splashing into water at the bottom, and hiking through caves, for instance -- as the main characters, a group of kids who think they never have adventure in their lives, attempt to find a long-lost treasure. It's a fast-paced book with twists and turns around every corner. Anyone who enjoys that type of book will like this one.
This story takes place in the Middle Ages and is told in a way that reminds me of an old fairytale. It revolves around three children -- Jeanne, William and Jacob -- from very different backgrounds. Together with a white greyhound named Gwenforte, they face many adventures and obstacles, meeting interesting characters along the way. I liked the details, the way the kids worked together. Whenever I sense harm to an animal coming in a book, I usually skip it. But, the author did a really good job of telling you upfront that the animal(s) would be OK, which I really liked. There's a passage in the book: "Sometimes, it turns out, the most important decisions in life are made by your dog." I think it's my favorite passage to ever read in a book. I think other readers will enjoy this book, too.
This story centers around a town, called Wakefield, that was hit by a monster apocalypse -- yes, there really is such a thing! The main character, Jack, is an orphan whose foster family took off without him. He is staying alive in his treehouse, getting by on Oreo cookies and Mountain Dew. Jack gets the help of his best friend Quint and Dirk, an oversized kid who used to pick on him, to try and save June del Torro, a girl who's stuck in the local school. It's an action-packed book with lots of zombies and monster. With his friends, Jack learns to defend the only house he really calls home, his treehouse, and discovers you don't need a family to find loyalty and support. Even if you're not usually drawn to books about monsters and zombies, I think you'll like this one. The illustrations are great, and the characters are kids you'd actually like to have as friends.