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Arc- YA- mystery & supense & fantansy sci fi
The Lost Causes ~ Jessica Etting, Alyssa Schwartz
Rating: 4 (really liked it)
They’re the kids that no one knows — or no one wants to know. The rich depressive, the OCD chick, the hypochondriac, the drug abuser, the athlete with anger management issues. All chosen for intensive group therapy because they’re out of other options. They’re lost causes, the therapist tells them. She promises this support group will help them heal. There’s only one problem. She’s not a therapist. And that water she offers? It contains a dangerous serum that gives each of the kids a psychic power. Suddenly, they can think clearly, speak to ghosts, see the past, even move objects with their mind. Their earlier problems have vanished, but their new freedom comes with a price. Sabrina, Gabby, Z, Justin and Andrew are to help the FBI solve the grisly murder that has rocked their small town. Their new powers will help them uncover clues and follow leads that have eluded the authorities. Their outsider status gives them the perfect cover. But the same traits that make them top investigators also make them vulnerable. As they close in on the murderer, they expose a much larger conspiracy that puts them directly in harm’s way and makes them wonder who — if anyone — they can trust.
What I thought:
I was drawn into this book right away by the characters. I have a variety of times in my life felt like a lost cause or not loved so the struggles thiese teens are facing was extremely relatable to me. I also yearned for people throughout my life to be close to giving a feeling of belonging and this is exactly how the teens are feeling. I loved how the author showed the struggles in the teens lives affected them in school and their self image. I was also excited by the idea of them getting a gift that then made them be able to move beyond and feel more confident and connected however, i do feel it is important to embrace your weaknesses because sometimes they can be a good thing and you can help others who have the same issues. I loved the action in the story and the mystery. I felt they could have went even further and made it really scary and more intense. I would have liked to see more depth of the characters feelings and lives as well it would have made it more emotional. I enjoyed the adventure and did get one of my predictions correct but i did not care because i was having fun running with the characters watching where it would lead.
A favorite passage in the book:
I liked hearing at the beginning what it was like for andrew with his ailments because i could really relate to how people treat you when they don’t believe your chronic pains and the anxiety of how you will make it through life with that issue. I also was interested in the girl with ocd because i have a family member who has it. I also liked the parts of seeing the ghost cause i could really imagine it playing out in a movie. I laughed every time they accidentally read someones mind also. One part i could have done without was the love interest with the grown man and the teen.
Would I recommend it:
yes ~ definitely
Where can you get it:
http://www.kidscanpress.com/products/lost-causes, amazon also
childerns – fiction
Nile Crossing ~ Katy Beebe & Sally Wern Camport
rating: 5 ( i loved it!)
Khepri lives in ancient Egypt, happily fishing alongside his father in the waters of the Nile. But today, Khepri will have to replace his fishing pole with the reed pens of a scribe: it’s his first day of school. As he and his father travel to Thebes, Khepri faces his anxieties about starting school and eventually finds a sense of peace.
What I thought:
I loved it. The illustration are not only colorful and interesting but they have lots of culture and imagery that has history and meaning that can be a real educating tool on many things. I loved how it showed the loving relationship between him and his parents and what his life looks like and may feel like. I feel this is a great read for kids who are starting school or going back to school to see that kids no matter where they live have similar struggles and feelings it just may look a little different. I great enjoyed this book and the look of it.
my favorite part:
Just the whole feel of how he is being brave and how his parents and culture helps with that and getting a glimpse to what it may have looked like in that culture at that time.
where can I get it: