03. October 2013 · Comments Off · Categories: Angie, Children's Books, Contemporary Fiction, Fiction · Tags: ,

Perfect Game by Fred Bowen, 143 pages, read by Angie, on 10/03/2013

Isaac is obsessed with pitching the perfect game. He comes close but never quite succeeds. His father pressures him with practice and perfection. His coach takes a different route and invites him to help with a Special Olympics basketball team. Through working with the team, Isaac realizes that he doesn’t have to be perfect.

This read like an after school special. Pressured Isaac only realizes perfection is not all there is after getting to know less “perfect” people. There is a lot of baseball, which I can see boys responding to, but the “messagey” quality of the book might turn other readers away.

31. August 2013 · Comments Off · Categories: Children's Books, Contemporary Fiction, Fiction, Kristy · Tags:

Wonder by R.J. Palacio, 315 pages, read by Kristy, on 08/07/2013

August (Auggie) Pullman was born with a facial deformity that prevented him from going to a mainstream school—until now. He’s about to start 5th grade at Beecher Prep, and if you’ve ever been the new kid then you know how hard that can be. The thing is Auggie’s just an ordinary kid, with an extraordinary face. But can he convince his new classmates that he’s just like them, despite appearances?