Coffeechug Book Consumption Week #4: Theme – SURVIVAL

Survival. The theme of my reading this week was a strong one and not one that was intentional. As I continue to scour through non fiction YA books, I read a bundle of books that all held the concept of survival.

Survival

sur·viv·al
sərˈvīvəl/
noun
  1. the state or fact of continuing to live or exist, typically in spite of an accident, ordeal, or difficult circumstances.
    “the animal’s chances of survival were pretty low”
    • an object or practice that has continued to exist from an earlier time.
      plural noun: survivals
      “his shorts were a survival from his army days”

As I ponder this definition I realize that the word moves beyond being isolated in the wilderness. Survival is what we as human beings strive to do on a daily basis based on the environment we are living in.

Screen Shot 2014-12-08 at 7.59.29 AMI started off reading a book that defines survival perfectly. D-Day: The Invasion of Normandy, 1944 by Rick Atkinson is a YA book that brings the larger volume of The Guns At Last Light into context for a younger group of readers. I have read and studied about WW2 more times that I can count, but this book did a great job of sharing the story in a new light. It intertwined the many layers of battle with stories and facts that would hold the interest of a reader wanting to know more. What stood out to me was that the lives of so many were impacted in ways that we simply cannot fathom. The lives of the students I teach compared to kids their age back then are different in terms of what it means to survive. Survival was not only on the beaches of Omaha where many did not, but for a country, and for people who were innocent and just trying to protect those they loved. Survival resonated strongly because many sacrificed their own lives so others could survive. To read about the pay, the gear, and facts of the time period really resonated with me and reminded me about how grateful we should be for the sacrifices made.

Screen Shot 2014-12-08 at 8.02.44 AMSacrifice and survival often times go hand in hand. Jumping ahead 45 years to the other side of the world there was another major movement of survival taking shape. Tank Man: How a Photograph Defined China’s Protest Movement is short but powerful read about students gathering and protesting the Communist government in China. These students used a non violent means to stand up for survival against a harsh government. One man stood in front of a line of tanks to protest the aggressive nature of the government. One man was able to freeze military vehicles.

Sometimes survival means standing up for what you believe. Reading this book made me thankful for the country I live in. Even more importantly it fired me up with student voice. Here were thousands of students(many others as well) who stood up and had their voices heard. I am not suggesting a protest in my school or country, but the notion that we have to sometimes not just talk, but move to action when things are not right. We cannot be the innocent bystander and complain about things we cannot control. The people here sacrificed to promote the survival of their people.

Screen Shot 2014-12-08 at 8.04.28 AMBoth of these stories have required major changes in the world, government, and countries. Survival does not have to be this large of a scale. If I can jump back in time again to 1952 for The Finest Hours: The True Story of a Heroic Sea Rescue when two oil tankers were split in half during a terrible storm you can read about a classic survival story. This book is once again an adaption from the larger volume of this same story. This book tells the story about how two oil tankers were out at sea, split in half, and while the freezing waters, major snowstorm, and other elements were making life a near death experience, there were brave people willing to sacrifice their lives to save these people lost at sea. I found the stories a bit difficult to follow at first because basically there were four sections that needed rescuing, but once I was able to track names and boats I was hooked.

Remember this is a time where technology is not amazing and material and clothing for freezing temperatures was nothing more than blankets, sweatshirts, and rubber boots and gloves. The part that showcases how cold it was a was when one person stated,

“At one point, my head felt so numb I rubbed my hand over it and felt something. It was a big clump of ice, and when I pulled on it, a big patch of my hair came with it. But it was so cold I didn’t even feel it.”

Survival and sacrifice were demonstrated on almost every page. The heroic rescue and the terrible visuals of saving some, but not all. I am not sure what would be worse – jumping to your death in the 70 foot waves or watching it happen knowing you were so close to saving them.

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As much I hated reading about some of these people not surviving I could not think of how awkward and difficult it must have been for Alice and Freda. These two women lived in 1892 and the turn of the century in Memphis. As I read Alice and Freda  Forever I was reminded how far we have come with women rights, gay rights, and the cultural shift of how we view people. Alice and Freda were lovers in a time a period that had no comprehension for same sex love. It was not imaginable. There were no words for it. It could not be described and was not something brains could comprehend. We are talking only 120 years ago. To live in a time period where who you are cannot be explained to yourself or others must have been a brain warp. Which is probably why Alice was a bit off her rocker and ended up killing Freda out of a passion of love. What this story brings to light is a shift in society. A challenge to “whiteness”, being a white male and power that comes with it. As the author notes it was bigger than murder as it was a challenge to American Modernity.

As much as I love a good murder story, this story brings to light much larger issues and does so without bogging down the reader. I found this book to be really interesting despite knowing the outcome.

As I continue to push forward with books geared for the YA audience in the non-fiction category I see the theme of survival time and time again. What is it about these stories and captivate us no matter who we are?

Until next week………. I hope you take time to check these books out. If you have read something worthwhile be sure to let me know.

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Coffeechug Book Consumption Week #3

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Blue Gold by Elizabeth Stewart

A book that deals with some very heavy global issues of: child labor, cultural conflict, human trafficking, the price of technology, sweat shops, and digital responsibility. This book weaves the stories of three girls from three different continents and their lives which are all dependent on cell phones or more importantly a substance(coltan) used to make cell phones. What humans have done to either exploit or deny the real issues at hand are exposed in this book. I became quite intrigued to know more about all three situations and to educate myself on what is really going on in the world. The way in which the author addresses these heavy topics in a storyline that keeps a reader engaged is quite a feat. This book is one that would lead to some really fantastic book club discussions. I could not help but a project based learning unit around this book with a driving question of “Is the human price of technology worth the perks?”

 

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Girls Standing on Lawns

Simple, yet powerful book. A collection of art and photographs from the Museum of Modern Art. Pages are minimal with one image/artwork and few words. These images represent an arrange of emotions and time periods. I read through this twice thinking about the images of my own life. The images where I was mad for my parents taking pictures of us. The times I refused to smile. The times I was full of smiles. Time evolves. The world moves on. We change as the world changes. More importantly, do we recognize small glimpses of our life that shed light on more stories from own personal journey? This is what the book inspired me to think about as I studied the images of these women.

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The Art of Start

Who doesn’t love Guy Kawasaki? I read this book with the idea of taking the business ideas and applying to the education world. This was not as easy as I had hoped. A lot of great content with many exercises and questions to process. I took away some key ideas that apply to anyone, anywhere. Mostly, have a plan, but don’t wait for a perfect plan to get started. You don’t have to wait until you are big and massive to get organized. Do this right away. Find the right people. Get Started. Most importantly, be clear and concise and eliminate all fluff and things not needed. Stay on track, chart your progress and make changes as you see fit to reach your goals.

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I love reading ancient texts of martial arts, warriors, and the like because I find in their articulately crafted words such great wisdom about life in general. When it all comes down to it life is about that balance and realizing that everything comes full circle. Reading this book I was reminded that we must not focus all efforts into only one thing and to clear the mind of anything that could cause confusion. The illustrations were excellent to help shape the story. Perhaps things can be said best by text from the latter part of the book.

In emptiness exists Good but no evil
Wisdom is existence
Principle is existence
The Way is existence
The mind is emptiness
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Perhaps the time of year where I focused on giving Thanks was not an ideal time to read the book. Michael Davison takes a look at all the things wrong with America and how we are ruining ourselves. Many of the ideas are nothing new if you watch the news or follow politics of any nature. As I read the book I could not help but either nod my head in agreement or disagree which is the goal of any book. I could not help but think that this is probably true no matter the time period as I don’t think we are ever really happy with government and politics.
The author does provide solutions. A key component for me when reading or discussion is that if one complains, then one must come up with solutions. I understand his solutions, but at the end of the read I think he realized along with any reader that solutions are next to impossible. There are just too many things at stake, too many fingers in the pot, and to really shift things just does not seem plausible. I found the reading engaging considering it is a book on politics which is not my cup of tea. More importantly, this book is one that would lead to high octane discussions if you wanted to risk friendships to discuss politics. As an educator it would be interesting to read this book and break down ideas and solutions with a classroom.
In the end I am thankful to live in a country where we can openly talk about these topics and that is what makes America great even if we don’t agree with every policy.
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Coffeechug Book Consumption for #2

I had another big week of reading and media consumption. Here is what I digested and thought about them.

 

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Dear Nobody: The True Diary of Mary Rose

Have you ever read a book that you swear just cannot be true? This book is a release of the diary of a girl named Mary Rose. I give the mother much credit for making this happen because it really exposes some serious family flaws. In sharing this story I really hope that it saves a child in need, lacking love, addition flawed, and needing to feel loved. I kept reading this book thinking it was fiction. This story broke my heart, made me feel angry and at times not sorry for what happened to her, sorry for her the next page, and then just grateful for my life. Not sure how else to share thoughts without ruining the story. Give it a read, but know it is open and honest so this is not for anyone under 14 years of age.

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Be A Changemaker

Such a great read. This is the book I have trying to write. She beat me to it and did a much better job than I would have done. What is so great about this book is not the message. Follow your passion is nothing new and often when reading this book I felt like she took a lot of stuff from Angela Maiers. However, what makes this book different is that it provides context in terms of how to actually act on your passion. It provides ideas, tips, reminders, and starting points to get going.

As an adult I took many useful tips to apply to things that I am trying to do as an educator to make change. So even though the book is designed for YA, anyone can benefit. I have many highlights and pages marked to go back to and process, use, and share with students. A really helpful book to read to learn how to get started.

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Beyond Magenta: Transgender Teens Speak

This is a topic that I am not familiar with. This book provoked many questions for me. I had to process and really learn to understand what I was reading. However, it did not take me long to realize that no matter who you are or what you are going through, the problems of growing up is same. We all just want to feel like we belong, that we are accepted for who we are, and loved by our close friends and families. At the end, this book reminded me that we must embrace who we are no matter who we are. When we try to be something we are not to fit in, then this path leads to nothing but a path away from our goals of feeling loved. When we realize to embrace who we are, then things open up and we find out the truth of others. I cannot imagine the confusion of being a transgender, but I found the stories fascinating and reminded me to really be accepting of everyone no matter who they are or what they do.

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Fad Mania: A History of America Crazes

This was a fun read. It is short coming in under 70 pages, but I found the journey down memory lane to be quite enjoyable. This would be a nice addition to any library. The thing I liked most about this book was that it brought into the context the time period of when things developed. It was short and not dense which is a must for students. It also allowed the reader to understand why things occurred. In the end it was a great reminder that all things come to pass no matter how great, bad, stupid, or otherwise. Anytime you bring in nostalgia it makes you want to go back and live in the glory days, but after reading this I also know that what goes around, comes around and if I wait patiently these items will come back.

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Coffeechug Reading and Media Consumption of the Week

Here is a rundown of the books I read this week.

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Eyes Wide Open by Paul Fleischman – This is a book focused on climate change and the environmental headlines facing the world. What I took away from this book is an even more important piece – what it means to be human and care for your surroundings. Reading the book I felt the need to readjust my thinking of what it means to be human. The visuals, the links, and extra resources make this book work for any person including kids. I could not help but see this book as a framework for a classroom exploring projects, the environment, our costs of our decisions, and how to make our voices heard. There is a much bigger issue that must be addressed and the author captures it perfectly through the stories and awareness of the environment.

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Is Nothing Something? by Thich Nhat Hanh – I love books that are so simple and yet so powerful. Thich Nhat Hanh has collected questions posed to him by kids and provides elegant answers to them. You do not have to be Zen or Buddhist to apply these ideas. The heart of these questions are all things we deal with whether a kid or adult. The book comes across like a picture book. My first thought of reading this book was to get it in the hands of my kids. I would love to hold family discussions around these questions. The essence of this book is that it is okay to think what we think, feel how we feel, and know that must embrace who we are.

I am trying to get back to being in shape. Although my eating needs some serious work I have been getting in some good workouts running out in the cold and bike workouts.

This week I finished watching Sound City

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I love music. I love documentaries. This is one of the better things I have watched this year. Even if you don’t like music, you will find some value in watching this documentary. I wrote two blogs posts based on ideas shared in the video which you can read here and here.

I decided to watch this for something different and was not expecting my mind to be blown. Great story about a music studio, but on a grander scale so many things that the people spoke about could be applied to life in general. Tom Petty and Trent Reznor bring some key ideas to light. Very well done!

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Happy

I just needed to watch something different from the norm. I needed something to remind me that the life I have is quite blessed. This documentary reminded me of what is essential in life. When I get stressed or angry about some things I need to step and realize that I need to get off my high horse and get over myself. Life is good. Appreciate your family and friends and don’t lose sight of what is important to being really and truly happy.

 

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Coffeechug Reads: I Am Malala

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I finally got my hands on a copy of this book after waiting patiently for months. I was captivated from the start by reading about her life, journey, and outlook on life. The book offers great insight into world events from the perspective of someone outside of the United States which I found interesting and refreshing.

As I read the book I could not help but continue to think about how in the world we can help students here in America appreciate the wonderful opportunities they have for learning. You could just feel her thirst for knowledge and desire to be educated. Her world shows the power of being literate and knowing how to think for yourself no matter who you are. As an educator I think that so many take school and education for granted. I would go so far to say that this would include parents, communities, and even teachers. Deep down I think everyone agrees about the importance of an education, but we don’t always follow through and deliver on those sentiments. Our society does not hold education in high regard like we do sports, fashion, and being a celebrity.

I will be buying two copies of this book. One for each of my daughters. Every year I buy a book for each of my kids and write a year reflection inside the jacket. I will buy these copies but will have to wait until they are older to give them to them as they are only 3 and 7. They need to hear and read her message. They need to understand the power they have as both kids and girls in this world. They need to learn from her story and fight for what they believe and do not let anyone stop them.

In closing, Malala continues to be one of my favorite people to follow and study. Her life and her message are top notch and more students need to hear her message and words. She should be gaining more press in the end of year celebrations instead of KimYe and Miley Cyrus.

This is a great read to understand life in the Middle East during the last few decades and how despite all obstacles if we are determined we can make things happen just as Malala has done.

My Evernote file of notes on this book will be used over and over again as there is so much to be shared in the future.

Buy the book here.

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Coffeechug delivers over 40 App Reviews

To declutter my blog a bit and not bombard the site with app reviews I have created a new system. I am using a template I created that fits perfectly with my Evernote account. From there I can published directly to postach.io.

I will be developing a tutorial of how I did all this, but in the meantime I wanted to share out my latest app reading reviews. I have over 40 apps I have read and reviewed over the last month. My template for review is quick and to the point to not bore readers to death.

Here is the link – http://coffeechug.postach.io/

I would love feedback, comments, suggestions as well as any apps that I should check out. I will be adding many other apps each week. I have hundreds to add.

Enjoy and look forward to hearing from you.

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Book Review: Dragonbreath: Attack of the Ninja Frogs

Title: Dragonbreath: Attack of the Ninja Frogs
Author: Ursula Vernon
Pages: 208
Cybil Book #39

Book Site

From Penguin.com

Danny Dragonbreath knew girls were trouble. But the new foreign exchange student, Suki the Salamander, is beyond trouble. Not only has she reduced his best friend, Wendell, to a blithering, lovesick tadpole, but she’s apparently the object of an elaborate ninja frog kidnapping plot. Danny is never one to pass up an adventure (especially one involving ninja frogs), and so he and Wendell and Suki set out on a dangerous quest through the mythical Japanese bamboo forests to find out what these fearsome frogs want. Danny may not be able to breathe fire like a normal dragon, but he and Wendell have watched lots of kung fu movies and can totally take on a bunch of ninja frogs. Or, um, so he hopes . . .

My Thoughts

I have previously read another book in the series dealing with the Were-Weiners(book 3) and my sentiments towards that book are pretty much the same as with this book(book 2…I am reading in reverse order)

I really don’t think I needed the other books for this novel to make sense. This is a novel series that does not really need each book to wrap things up. Each book stands on its own. How can one not love the concept of a dragon that can barely breath fire and an iguana who is his friend? To make it even better, there are ninja frogs and all sorts of weapons and cool other characters.

The setup for these books are essentially the same in every series, but just different characters and plot line, bu the stories move along at the same pace, system, and style. Which is perfect for a younger audience that likes that consistent tone(hello, Hardy Boys and Nancy Drew for us older people).
This book is geared for a younger audience for sure. I breezed through this book and did not really have to focus too hard to understand the plot. I can see some of my sixth grade students really gravitate towards this book. I found it funny and engaging to hold my interest despite the fact that I like more gritty novels. The images and flow of the book worked really well. The addition of the graphic novels panes helps to really keep the story moving very fast. Add in some action and some humor and you have all the ingredients for a hit series. All in all, this was just a fun read. The whole element of martial arts, ninjas, and the addition of a girl character made this book an enjoyable read.

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Book Review: Reckless by Cornelia Funke

Title: Reckless

Author: Cornelia Funke
Pages:394
Cybil Book #38

Book Website

For years, Jacob Reckless has been escaping to another world–a world behind the mirror, where witches haunt the forests and fairies and dwarfs roam. A world for treasure hunts and magnificent quests–but also a world locked in a deadly war.My Thoughts

Jacob’s secret seems safe, until one day his younger brother Will follows him, to disastrous consequence. Faced with a curse that is quickly turning Will to stone, the Reckless brothers are thrust into a race against time to find a cure before one of them is lost forever.

Inspired by the Brothers Grimm, master storyteller Cornelia Funke introduces a lush, enchanting landscape of fairy tales and legends re-imagined as never before. Reckless is a thrilling adventure and a tale of heroism, filled with danger, mystery, and above all, magic.

My Thoughts

I have read several other novels by this author in the past and one of them really grabbed me. They just did not blow me away like so many students claimed they would. I enjoyed the novels and I am not saying that I did not like her writing because she is a good storyteller, but I share this viewpoint because I really, really, really, really liked this book. I loved this book from the start by staring at the cover which is awesome.
 
I hesitated and hesitated reading this book because of my past with her previous novels. Once I started this book I could not stop and had it done in 24 hours.
 
The way she has taken the Grimm tales(many of them I need to go back and actually read about to see how much was actually intertwined) was very cool. The action scenes were stellar. There was fighting with blood and death by a whole host of creatures(don’t you even think about looking at the unicorns). One of my favorite parts(not a spoiler) was the snakes shooting out of the walls. Such genius!!
 
I was a little confused at first. It did take a while to get a feel for the flow and layout of the land, alliances, characters, etc. There is a lot going on. Hence the reason I loved this book. I was just telling someone the other day that I need an adult read with several plot lines with creatures, politics, alliances, game changers, magic, etc.(which is why I bought Brent Weeks Dark Prism). This novel satisfied my craving. If you are new to her writing know that sometimes it takes a while to get everything figure out.
 
Once I had it down in terms of who was who I could not stop. I had to read. I am going to go out on a limb here and state that this book has cracked my top 10 list of books read in 2010. That is a bold statement because I have not unveiled that list, but am thinking it is going to be there.
 
I do question the age rating for this book. It is suggested for 9-12 years of age. Not sure if this should not be older? The main character is older and there are some pretty creepy things that do go on. Just a thought and more importantly don’t want older readers at my school to be turned off by the age rating.
 
Read this book. You will not regret it. Remember to give it some time. Sometimes the wordy passages are worth it if you just slow down and process what vivid descriptions she is giving you.
 
The major question is – how long until book 2?

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Book Review: Night Fairy

Title: The Night Fairy
Author: Laura Amy Schlitz
Pages: 117
Cybil Book #37

Author Website (a beautiful website)

Synopsis
From 2008 Newbery Medalist Laura Amy Schlitz comes an exhilarating new adventure — and a thoroughly original fairy who is a true force of nature.

What would happen to a fairy if she lost her wings and could no longer fly? Flory, a young night fairy no taller than an acorn and still becoming accustomed to her wings — wings as beautiful as those of a luna moth — is about to find out. What she discovers is that the world is very big and very dangerous. But Flory is fierce and willing to do whatever it takes to survive. If that means telling others what to do — like Skuggle, a squirrel ruled by his stomach — so be it. Not every creature, however, is as willing to bend to Flory’s demands. Newbery Medal winner Laura Amy Schlitz and world-renowned illustrator and miniaturist Angela Barrett venture into the realm of the illustrated classic — a classic entirely and exquisitely of their making, and a magnificent adventure.

My Thoughts

I read this book this weekend because I needed to knock down my TBR pile. I was reluctant to read this novel because fairies are not really my thing. The cover gave me the impression of a lovely sweet little story that some kids love. That is not my cup of tea. I started to read the book and found myself realizing that there are some lessons to be learned from this book.

1. Don’t let things that we cannot control affect who we are. Flory tries to be something she is not after losing her wings. Her journey helps her to open her eyes about judging others, but she tried way too hard to be something that she was not. How many people(including ourselves) have fallen prey to this mindset?

2. Don’t judge a book by its cover. As I write this I chuckle to myself realizing that is exactly what I did with this book. The larger meaning is that we are so quick to judge and stereotype and not give people a chance without ever giving them an opportunity to express or display who they really are. Working at a middle school I see this phenomenon all the time. How do we stop people from juding so quickly? I wish I had an answer, but it is something we are all guilty of at some point in our lives.

3. What goes around comes around……the whole full circle concept. I completed this book and felt like I needed to watch the Lion King scene

We can only control our own actions. If we live life the way it should be lived, then we will find ourselves right back where we need to be only with more knowledge and insight to live better.

I went deep with this book designed for younger ages. It is a good read. I rather found myself doing more reflection on my own life from this book than any self help book. Check it out and see what you learn.

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Book Review: Dead Boys by Royce Buckingham

Title: Dead Boys
Author: Royce Buckingham
Pages: 208 pages
Kindle: $10.99(this might be the most I have spent on a book for my iPad yet)
Cybil Book #36

Author Website

Synopsis(from author website): When twelve year old Teddy Mathews moves to a strange desert town in the middle of nowhere, he finds himself living among rattlesnakes, scorpions, black widow spiders, and downstream from the local nuclear plant.

As the newcomer, he also has no friends. Even worse, the first three boys he meets mysteriously disappear. Teddy begins to investigate. To his horror, he discovers that they’ve all been missing for decades—he’s been hanging out with dead boys!

Add a mutant kid-eating tree next door, and Teddy’s got an incredible mystery on his hands loaded with ghosts, desert dangers, and a sinister dark world lurking just beneath the deceptively sunny surface of my strange childhood hometown of Richland, Washington.

My Thoughts

I made the plunge to buy this book on my iPad because I have heard great things about this novel. I also know that his other books are big hits in my school. So….I hit the buy button and 11 bucks later I took the plunge to this creepy world of Teddy.

The premise of a tree that needs to suck the life of kids in order to survive sounds a little cheesy. But, and I mean BUT, this storyline is anything but cheesy. Teddy finds himself immersed in a world of dead kids and fighting to survive.

As I read this book I kept trying to figure out why Teddy was doing the things he was doing. When it all comes together I instantly thought, “Brilliant! This author is brilliant!”

The story reads fast, sucks you in completely and is not going to let you go until you finish the last page. I had moments where I was honestly scared. Serious, no joke I was so captivated into the world of Teddy that I believe my heart rate increased a couple times. There are also some gross scenes that I loved(spider scene so gross…I will never view corn the same way again).

The storyline is not overly complex which is perfect for middle grade. There are some crazy scenes, plenty to grab the interest of any reader(even reluctant), and something for everyone.

There were a few things that bothered me, but that is just because I am old and picky. The things that bothered me are not things that I think would bother a middle grade reader. I will be recommending this book to my school librarian to purchase for our school catalogue. Go ahead and read this to have a good scare and fun, quick read that will hold on tight and not let go.

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