Fourth Grade Journey

A Fourth Grade Teacher's Journey Through the World of Books

Monday, June 19, 2017

It's Monday! What Are You Reading? (6/19/17)



Thanks to Jen and Kellee for hosting this idea on their site.  Here is a link to their site...
                
Books I Read this Past Week...


The Problem with Forever by Jennifer L Armentrout

*Young-Adult Novel (4 STARS out of 5 Stars!)

My Book Review







A Boy Called Bat by Elana K. Arnold

*Middle-Grade Novel (4 STARS out of 5 Stars!)

My Book Review



Insignificant Events in the Life of a Cactus by Dusti Bowling

*Middle-Grade Novel (5+ STARS out of 5 Stars!)






Lemons by Melissa Savage 

*Middle-Grade Novel (5+ STARS out of 5 Stars!)







Books I Will (continue to) Read this Week


Disrupting Thinking by Kylene Beers and Robert Probst

*My Professional Book









Swing Sideways by Nancy Turner Steveson

*My Middle-Grade Novel (Audio)









The Twelve Lives of Samuel Hawley by Hannah Tinti

*My Novel Published for Adults

Between Two Skies by Joanne O'Sullivan

*My Young-Adult Novel

Hello Universe by Erin Entrada Kelly

*My Middle-Grade Novel






Sunday, June 18, 2017

Lemons by Melissa D. Savage

How I Heard About It:  While at #NCTE last fall in Atlanta I spent some time chatting with a publishing rep about new and upcoming books.  She pulled this one out and handed me a copy.  I brought it back to my classroom and shared it with readers.  Several of my fourth graders read it during the school year, but I never got to it.  I put this at the top of my summer TBR pile of books that I brought home to read.  

What It Is About:  Lemonade Liberty Witt has just arrived in Willow Creek, California to live with her "estranged" grandfather.  She isn't thrilled about this new living arrangement and misses her mother terribly.  All she wants to do is go back to the city and live with her mother.  Since at the moment this isn't possible, she must make the best of living in this new town.  Lemonade learns this is the "Bigfoot" capital of the world.  What!  Soon after her arrival she meets Tobin Sky, who is the CEO of Bigfoot Detectives Inc.  He invites her to be his assistant in the search of the illusive creature.  Since Lemonade doesn't know anyone else, she decides to join him in his quest to be the one to find Bigfoot.  They spend their summer receiving calls from the local residents stating they have seen Bigfoot and/or clues that lead them to believe he is nearby.  Of course some of the calls, are prank calls from other kids in the neighborhood.  Lemonade meets residents who knew her mother and begins to know her mother better.  She also gets to know the real story behind what truly happened between her mother and grandfather.  Tobin also shares his family's story with her and Lemonade decides she wants to help him deal with the past to be able to move forward.  These two young people truly rely on each other to figure out their past, know their present, and figure out where they want to go in the future.  

What I Thought Of It:  Loved it!  As I saw once, this book was "unputdownable".  I loved everything about it.  I now know why my students who read it this past school year enjoyed it so much.  The character of Lemonade was sweet, strong, and full of life.  Her friendship with Tobin was awesome and I enjoyed reading about how these two friends came to know each other, helped each other, and changed each other for the better.  There were a few fun mysteries along the way that I didn't see coming and was quite surprised by several outcomes.  This is on my list of books to share with my group of fourth graders next year.  

Who Should Read It:  All fourth, fifth, and sixth graders will completely enjoy this story.  It is perfect for them.  The book could be used for a read aloud or read individually.  I'm thinking of using it as a read aloud.  There are so many elements of the story that I want to share with all my students.  Adult readers will also find this a strong and powerful middle-grade story.  I can't recommend it enough.  Get out there and read it.  You won't be disappointed.  Happy Reading!  

Rating:  5+ STARS out of 5 Stars

The Problem With Forever by Jennifer L. Armentrout

How I Heard About It:  I'm always amazed when I scroll through my "Want to Read" list on GoodReads and see a title I don't remember adding.  That was the case with this title.  I was looking to read a young-adult novel and decided to give this story a try.  I downloaded it via Cloud Library and read it on the iPad.  

What It Is About:  Mallory is heading into her senior year.  It should be a year of friends, socializing, and romance.  Not for Mallory.  This is her first year attending public school since being home schooled the last four years.  That was when she was "adopted" by two loving parents after years of living in the foster care system.  During these horrific years living with a cruel man and "sick" woman, Mallory endured more than any human should have to.  Luckily for her, she had Rider.  He lived with her in this "hell hole", and protected her from all the evil.  After a particular horrible night, both of these young people were rescued, but separated.  Mallory ended up with in a loving home, while Rider continued in the "system".  She can't quite believe it when she sees Rider her first day as a senior.  Mallory has learned since her foster-care days that the less she says, the better.  During the last four years, she has had therapy and is learning to express herself.  Mallory and Rider are in the same speech class.  She isn't sure can be successful in this class, but with the help of her friend, she learns the strength that is truly inside of herself.  

What I Thought Of It:  When I first started the book, I was drawn in and was thinking it was going to be of those stories about surviving the unthinkable.  I would say about 1/3 of the book was about Mallory and Rider during their foster care years, but the other 2/3's was more of a high school romance story.  This isn't a bad thing, but wasn't what I was expecting.  It was interesting to read about Mallory and Rider coming back together and getting to know each other away from their earlier years.  They each handled the horrible events of their childhood in different ways, and this affected the way they interacted as seniors.  I enjoyed the growth and progress that Mallory made during her senior year.  It was also interesting to read about Rider and how he was able (and not able) to move forward from the years of protecting Mallory.  

Who Should Read It:  In my opinion I think all young-adult readers would find this a satisfying read.  Female readers will be able to relate to Mallory while male readers will find Rider a strong and unique male character.  Readers who enjoy survival stories with characters showing courage and bravery, will also enjoy The Problem with Forever.  

Rating:  4 STARS out of 5 Stars





Insignificant Events in the Life of a Cactus by Dusti Bowling

How I Heard About It:  This book came to me via #bookexpedition.  I didn't know anything about it, but I'm always up for reading up and coming novels for middle-grade readers.  I was thrilled when the book package arrived on Friday, I began reading Friday night, and was done by Saturday.  I could not put the book down.  

What It Is About:  Aven's life is pretty good.  Two loving adoptive parents, lots of friends, and no arms.  Yes, you heard me right.  Aven was born without arms.  She was given up for adoption and was lucky to find two of the most loving, caring, and special parents.  When her father loses his job and finds another one in Arizona, the three of them pick up and head off to the land of desserts.  Aven isn't thrilled about this, but puts her positive attitude and two "feet" forward and gives it her all.  When she starts school she realizes how difficult it is to be the new kid and especially the new kid without arms.  As she navigate her way around school, she meets Connor who is suffering from Tourette's Syndrome.  The two of them form a special friendship knowing how difficult it is to fit in.  They also include Zion who is an "outcast" because of his appearance.  As the three of them get to know each other, they find a room at Stagecoach Pass Theme Park where her parents are working.  In this room are "secrets" from the past that relate to the Stagecoach Pass and to Aven.  They work together to fit the "clues" together to fill in the "missing" pieces.  Aven, Connor, and Zion support, encourage, and rely on each other to find out who they truly are and what they are capable.  

What I Thought Of It:  This was my first summer book from my #bookexpedition group and what a book to start with.  Knowing nothing of the story, I was completely taken in by Aven, her parents, and of course her two newest friends.  There were so many laugh out loud and tears in the eyes moments sprinkled throughout the pages.  Aven, Connor, and Zion were three of the most lovable and memorable characters I have ever read about.  There were so many times as I was reading that I thought I wanted to personally know these kids and/or have them in my own class.  I also appreciated how the created two of the most awesome parents that supported their daughter no matter what and taught her she can reach the stars if she wants to.  I was just in awe of the writing and how real the characters, events, and relationships were.  I can not wait to share with incredible story with my fourth graders during the 2017/2018 school year.    

Who Should Read It:  All readers should experience the magic of this story.  I know every single one will LOVE it as much as I did.  It is the perfect novel to share with fourth, fifth, and sixth graders.  I'm thinking of doing it as a read aloud to my whole class, but may also use it for a "Breakfast with Books" book club selection.  There are so many incredible "life lessons" presented in the book that would provide for the most deep and profound discussions.  Of course if you are an adult that enjoys strong middle-grade novels, then this is definitely the book for you.  Look for it in September of 2017.  Happy Reading!  

Rating:  5+ STARS out of 5 Stars

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

A Boy Called Bat by Elana K. Arnold

How I Heard About It:  This book has actually been in my pile to be read since #NCTE16 back in November.  I attended a special publisher's party and there were ARC's of this title.  They even had cocktails named after the book.  Once I got back to "reality", the book got buried.  I'm so glad it is summer and have now have time to read all the titles I've been dying to read.  

What It Is About:  Bixby Alexander Tam is a young boy who happens to be on the autism spectrum.  He prefers to go by the name Bat (Bixby Alexander Tam).  Bat enjoys his life, but doesn't enjoy some of the surprises that come along his way.  His mother is a veterinarian.  One day she comes home from the "office" and surprises Bat with a house guest.  It isn't a puppy.  It isn't a kitten.  It isn't even a fish.  Bat's mother has brought home a baby skunk which is called a Kit.  Bat is overcome with joy and love toward this little "wild" animal.  He even names the baby skunk Thor.  He tries to convince his mother that the skunk must become his pet.  She tries to tell him that this type of animal must live in the wild.  Bat disagrees.  He sets out to find a way to keep this animal as part of their family.  

What I Thought Of It:  When I first got the ARC last November I was intrigued by the cover and the title.  I had also read Far From Fair and loved that story.  This story did not disappoint.  I read it in about one sitting and enjoyed everything about it.  I enjoyed getting to know Bat and found him to be a delightful character.  It was fun and interesting to read about a pet skunk.  The characters that surrounded Bat were fun, lively, and important to the story.  This is definitely a book/series that will be appealing to young readers.  

Who Should Read It:  As I said on Twitter earlier today, this is the perfect novel for third and fourth graders.  The chapters are short and would be perfect for readers in these grades.  The book includes illustrations which I believe is important to young readers.  The novel could be used for independent reading and/or would make for a terrific read aloud in grades two, three, five, and even five.  I loved it and will be using it with my fourth graders in the coming school year.  Happy Reading!  

Rating:  4+ STARS out of 5 Stars

Monday, June 12, 2017

It's Monday! What Are You Reading? (6/12/17)



Thanks to Jen and Kellee for hosting this idea on their site.  Here is a link to their site...
                
Books I Read this Past Week...


York by Laura Ruby

*Middle-Grade Novel (4 STARS out of 5 Stars)








The First Time She Drowned by Kerry Kletter

*Young-Adult Novel (4 STARS out of 5 Stars)










Ginny Moon by Benjamin Ludwig

*Novel Published for Adults (4 STARS out of 5 Stars)










Bear Town by Fredrik Backman

*Novel Published for Adults (5 STARS out of 5 Stars)









Books I Will (continue to) Read this Week


The Problem with Forever by Jennifer L Armentrout

*My Young-Adult Novel

Disrupting Thinking by Kylene Beers and Robert Probst

*My Professional Book









Swing Sideways by Nancy Turner Steveson

*My Middle-Grade Novel (Audio)









A Boy Called Bat by Elana K. Arnold

*My Middle-Grade Novel

Bear Town by Fredrik Backman

How I Heard About It:  Two of my favorite novels published for adults are A Man Called Ove and My Grandmother Asked Me To Tell She's Sorry.  I was excited to learn that he was releasing a new novel this past spring.  Being the end of the school year, I didn't get to it as soon as I had hoped, but once I got into it the last couple of days, I couldn't put it down. 

What It Is About:  Hockey is everything.  At least it is everything in Bear Town.  Bear Town is a small town located in the middle of a forest.  There isn't much to do in this town, but everyone knows how important hockey is not only to the young men that play, but all of the community members.  The team is made up of a variety of members who all come from different backgrounds and family life.  After a win in the semi-finals which will send the team to the "Juniors Finals", there is a tragedy which involves the general manager's daughter.  This event tears the small town apart dividing them into two halves with opposite view points.  At the center of this "debate" is one young female and the star hockey player.  The supporting cast of characters seem to either "side" with the female while others stand by the hockey player.  Life for everyone in this tiny hockey village will never be the same and many of them learn what is truly important in life.  

What I Thought Of It:  Fredrik Backman is quite the talented writer.  Each of each novels is so different from the others.  After reading previews that this story centered around hockey, I knew it was going to stand apart from his earlier stories.  When I first started I was a bit confused because there is quite an array of characters.  I actually got to a point where I wrote down the characters and what each of their "roles" was.  The more I read, the more I began to know them all.  This time around, the writing style was different.  The story consisted of short passages centering on the various people.  As the reader, you got a glimpse of each person and how the story affected them.  I did have a few favorite characters and they warmed my heart with the decisions they made throughout the story.  As I got to the final third of the book, I literally could not be the book down.  There was a such a powerful ending that it almost made me want to start over and read it again.  

Who Should Read It:   Everyone should read this novel because I know they will love it.  Even if you don't normally read novels published for adults, you need to give this one a try.  If you have read the previous Backman novels, then you must read his newest release.  If you have any background and/or history with hockey, then you should experience the story.  Happy Reading!  

Rating:  5 STARS out of 5 Stars


Sunday, June 11, 2017

The First Time She Drowned by Kerry Kletter

How I Heard About It:  There are times when a book ends up on my GoodReads "to be read" list and I can't remember how I learned about the title.  That is the case with this novel.  I read the book via "Cloud Library" which is an app that allows me to check out books from the public library.  

What It Is About:  Cassie has not had an easy life.  Her relationship with her mother has always been difficult.  Cassie tried to rely on her father and two brothers, but the "powerful" mother took them under her "wing".  When events escalate to a boiling point, Cassie finds herself in an institution for young people with emotional problems.  She knows she is here for all the wrong reasons, but has no power to do anything about it.  After spending two years here, Cassie is finally 18 and at a point to leave and head out into the world.  She ends up at college (the one where her mother attended) and tries to start her life over.  This isn't an easy task because of the tragic events that look place in Cassie's early life.  She tries to bond with a girl on her floor, a boy that shows interest in her, and a campus counselor that wants to help her.  None of these new relationships are easy, but of the past relationships that have never been healed.  Cassie isn't sure if she can put the past behind her and move forward in a positive direction.  

What I Thought Of It:  Once I began this book, I could not stop reading.  I love when that happens. I was immediately drawn into Cassie's world and captivated by her story.  She dealt with so much heartache in her early years that haunted her for years to come.  I'm not sure I have ever disliked (hated) a mother character as much as I did with Cassie's mother.  What a complex relationship they had.  Cassie was so lucky to find friendship and support at college.  It was gut wrenching to read how she tried to sabotage these friendships.  The story read fast, grabbed your heart, and made you "cheer" for Cassie the entire time.  Such a great and powerful young-adult novel.  

Who Should Read It:  I can see all young-adult and adult readers enjoying this story.  It isn't always easy to read about the things that happened to Cassie, but underneath all the pain was hope and the theme of survival and moving forward.  It is the perfect book for a summer read.  I highly recommend it.  Happy Reading!  

Rating:  4 STARS out of 5 Stars




York by Laura Ruby

How I Heard About It:  I would have to be living under a rock to not know about this novel.  It was the "buzz" all about Twitter.  I loved seeing all the posts from my "Nerdy" friends on how much they were enjoying this latest work from Ruby.  I ordered the book from Amazon and it arrived on its release day of May 17th.  

What It Is About:  Tess, Theo, and Jamie all live in the Morningstar Apartment building in New York City.  The building was designed and built by the Morningstar Twins back in 1798.  It was like no other building the world had seen.  It was unique, special, and even "magical".  Full of technology no one had ever seen.  They disappeared some 50 years later, but left behind an "Old York Cipher".  This was a puzzle that would lead to the greatest treasure of all time.  The puzzle was not ever solved.  Fast forward to the present day and these three young children begin an adventure of a lifetime.  The building they live in is going to be bought and taken over by an "evil" real estate developer.  The mystery of the Cipher lands in their laps and they decide they are going to be the ones to finally solve this long-lasting mystery.  Tess, Theo, and Jamie venture out into modern New York, search for clues that were left years earlier, and come up against obstacles.  Will they be able to solve the mystery before it is too late for their building the its residents?  

What I Thought Of It:  Bone Gap was my first experience with Laura Ruby and I so enjoyed that story and shared it with many of my reading friends.  I was excited to read her newest novel and thrilled to know it was the first of a series.  This was such a unique and fun story.  The characters of Tess, Theo, and Jamie were three of the most awesome and likable characters that I have read about in quite some time.  I wanted to read the book fast, but had to slow myself down in order to take in the mystery, the clues, and the path they were lead on throughout the city of New York.  Laura Ruby's writing style is succinct, beautiful, and she doesn't waste a word.  I look forward to the next installment of this series.  

Who Should Read It:  In my opinion, young adult and adult readers will devour this book.  I know the story is marketed toward 8-12 years old.  There are some children in this category that will enjoy the story, but for some it may be too long and/or difficult to comprehend.  Readers that gravitate toward fantasy, mystery, and adventure; will surely be satisfied with York.  It really is brilliant.  Happy Reading!  

Rating:  4 STARS out of 5 Stars

Saturday, June 10, 2017

Ginny Moon by Benjamin Ludwig

How I Heard About It:  The title and cover drew me to this review via our local newspaper.  The book received a glowing review.  I then saw it written up in a magazine as a "must-read".  As I was browsing "Hoopla" which is an audio app I use to check out books from the library, the title showed up and I downloaded it on the spot.  

What It Is About:  Ginny Moon is a thirteen-year old girl with autism.   She has spent the last five years living with her "forever" family after being taken away from her birth mother and her "baby doll".  Life with her mother wasn't easy.  Ginny not only had to take care of herself, but her "baby doll".  Her mother was often absent, doing drugs, and bringing in scary men.  Ginny learned to protect herself during these years.  Life is better with her new foster parents, but it isn't perfect.  They try to change Ginny and change her into something she isn't.  With the help of a friend at school, Ginny reaches out to her birth mother and they plan on meeting.  Ginny is determined to save her "baby doll".  Everyone around her thinks this "baby doll" isn't real, but Ginny knows differently.  She risks everything to find her mother and begin a new life with her.  Ginny is torn between the new life everyone would like to create for her and the old life with her "baby doll".  Can she have both or will she have to choose?  

What I Thought Of It:  This was my last audio novel of the school year and it was terrific.  I enjoyed the story and found myself looking forward to the comment to and from work.  It was interesting to listen to a story about an older autistic child.  Ginny was unique, special, and quite resourceful.  There we several surprises along the way which made it all the more interesting to read/listen.  There were pros and cons of Ginny's formal and present life and I found myself conflicted on what I wanted to happy to her.  The characters were complex, deep, and well-written.  The author did a tremendous job of describing what life is like for an autistic teen.  I will be recommending this book to all of my reading friends.  

Who Should Read It:  In my opinion this novel would be appropriate for both the adult and young-adult reader.  In some ways it read like a young-adult story, but I know was published for adults.  This is a strong piece of fiction and I know most readers will really enjoy the story of Ginny and her situation.  The novel is a perfect one for a summer read.  Happy Reading!  

Rating:  4 STARS out of 5 Stars



Monday, June 5, 2017

It's Monday! What Are You Reading? (6/5/17)



Thanks to Jen and Kellee for hosting this idea on their site.  Here is a link to their site...
                
Books I Read this Past Week...

*With the END of the school year, I seem more busy than ever.  Looking forward to summer reading!  

Books I Will (continue to) Read this Week


 York by Laura Ruby

*My Middle-Grade Novel

The First Time She Drowned by Kerry Kletter

*My Young-Adult Novel

Ginny Moon by Benjamin Ludwig

*My Novel Published for Adults (Audio)









Bear Town by Fredrik Backman

*My Novel Published for Adults

Monday, May 29, 2017

It's Monday! What Are You Reading? (5/29/17)



Thanks to Jen and Kellee for hosting this idea on their site.  Here is a link to their site...
                
Books I Read this Past Week...



The Leavers by Lisa Ko

*Novel Published for Adults (4 STARS out of 5 Stars)

My Book Review








Posted by John David Anderson

*Middle-Grade Novel (4 STARS out of 5 Stars)

My Book Review






Books I Will (continue to) Read this Week


 York by Laura Ruby

*My Middle-Grade Novel

The First Time She Drowned by Kerry Kletter

*My Young-Adult Novel

Ginny Moon by Benjamin Ludwig

*My Novel Published for Adults (Audio)









Bear Town by Fredrik Backman

*My Novel Published for Adults

Posted by John David Anderson

How I Heard About It:  Ms. Bixby's Last Day was one of my favorite reads last summer.  I had read it right before #NerdCampMI and was lucky enough to get another copy signed by the author.  I knew it was going to be one of our class read aloud selections for this school year.  We actually just finished it last week and were lucky enough to Skype with John David.  I was excited to read his latest work of fiction and finished it last night.  

What It Is About:  Everyone knows middle-school kids.  They love to be social.  They love to use their cell phones.  They love to communicate.  Unfortunately, they also bully each other at times.  There are four boys at Branton Middle School who don't necessarily "fit in".  They do fit in with each other.  Frost, Deedee, Wolf, and Bench have created their own "tribe" even though they are quite different from each other.  After the students get out of control with their cell phones, the administration cracks down and BANS them from the school.  I know, can you image!  The four friends aren't sure how they are going to "talk" with each other without the use of their phone during the school day.  One of the boys begins to use post-it notes to chat with each other.  The post-it notes begin to show up on lockers, tables, and backpacks.  This new "trend" catches on and soon many of the students are "posting" notes all over the school.    While most of the messages are positive, some negative and hurtful notes begin to pop up around the building.  To add to the "drama", Rose shows up as a new student and works her way into this unique tribe.  The boys find themselves in new situations and realize life will never be the same as it was before their worlds went "posted."  

What I Thought Of It:  After the "buzz" about this novel, I was so excited to read it.  When so many readers score an ARC, it makes it difficult to wait for the actual release.  This story was well worth the wait.  I really enjoyed it.  I was a bit worried about loving Ms. Bixby so much, but found myself enjoying just as much.  One of the strongest aspects of the book were the four characters that it focused on.  I guess I should say five because Rose was just as important as the tribe.  The message of  different boys finding friendship, safely, and a place to land was so powerful.  I also found the theme of the power of our words to be one that needs to be shared with young readers.  My own class spent a lot of time this past school year talking about the messages we send with both our positive and negative words.  

Who Should Read It:  This is the PERFECT novel for readers in middle-school.  They will be able to relate to the story, the characters, and all the "action".  The book may appeal to boys a bit more than girls because of the four main characters, but this certainly doesn't mean girls wouldn't enjoy the story.  Plus, they have Rose and she is one heck of a female character.  Fourth, fifth, and sixth grade readers would also be the perfect audience for Anderson's newest book.  Of course adult readers who enjoy strong middle-school novels, then this is the one for them.  Happy Reading!  

Rating:  4 STARS out of 5 Stars

Sunday, May 28, 2017

The Leavers by Lisa Ko

How I Heard About It:  I can't remember in what source, but I read a glowing review of this novel published for adults.  As I was browsing through Hoopla (audio app via my public library), this title popped up and I downloaded it.  I listened to it the last few weeks during my commute to and from work.  I just saw in our Sunday paper that the author will be speaking here in Minneapolis this week.  I'm not sure I have the time to go, but it sure would be cool to hear her speak.  

What It Is About:  Deming is a young boy when his Chinese "undocumented" immigrant mother disappears.  This leaves him alone with other Chinese "friends/family".  They are living in a small apartment in the middle of New York City.  Deming and the others just keep waiting day to day for his mother Polly to return.  But she doesn't.  A friend of Polly's takes Deming to the "authorities" in New York, and after a time he is adopted by a couple from upper New York.  They mean well, but life for Deming and the adoptive parents isn't easy.  He is renamed Daniel and begins a life trying to fit in.  Daniel/Deming always wonders where his mother is and what actually happened the day she disappeared.  As a young man, Daniel ends up back in New York city as a college student and musician.  His adoptive parents aren't always happy with the choices he is making.  Daniel can't quite shake the feeling that his "real" mother is out there and begins a "quest" to find her.  Some of the answers he receives validate his "feelings", but others will shake him to his core.  

What I Thought Of It:  I enjoyed the audio version of this novel.  The plot was strong.  The characters were real and believable.  The relationships were touching and intense.  As the reader, I was reading to find out what had happened to Deming's mother that day, and it was fun to finally find out.  I must say that I was completely off base on my prediction.  I enjoyed how the story was told from both Daniel's and his mother's point of view.  This technique worked well for the book.  Not only was the story enjoyable to listen to, but I learned a lot about the Chinese culture and being an immigrant in our country; specifically New York City.  

Who Should Read It:  The novel was reviewed in the Minneapolis Sunday paper today so I'm learning it is getting a lot of "buzz".  This would be the perfect novel to read over the summer of 2017.  It is definitely a novel published for adult readers.  This book has lots to offer so give it a try.  Happy Reading!  

Rating:  4 STARS out of 5 Stars