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Look Up: Indi Reviews

It’s a bird. It’s a plane. It’s….a Indi Reviews!! Yay!

Cathie Sue – “Toby” by Stacy Nyikos and Shawn Sisneros
Jenny – “Queen of the Tearling” by Erika Johansen
Adrienne – “Ordinary People” by Judith Guest
Karl – “Anne of Green Gables” by Lucy Laud Montgomery

Mother’s and Father’s: Indi Reviews

Our mom’s and dad’s would be so proud. Our individual reviews of…

“Adventures of Superhero Girl” by Faith Erin Hicks
“Fangirl” by Rainbow Rowell (This was Karl’s pick, you can read Adrienne’s review here)
“Landline” by Rainbow Rowell
“Frozen” the movie
“Ball” by Mary Sullivan (compatible with “Banana!” by Ed Vere)

Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea by April Genevieve Tucholke

Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea

“Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea” by April Genevieve Tucholke

A written review by Adrienne,

Violet is a quiet girl who prefers reading to friends. She and her twin brother Luke live in Citizen Kane, a majestically down-on-its-luck mansion. The mansion belonged to their past wealthy relatives but it was Freddie, their grandmother, who made it grand. Violet has not only kept Freddie’s clothes after she passed, she still wears them as she still misses her.

The twins have been on their own after their parents left for Europe to spend through the last of the family wealth and are slow to return. Realizing money for food that was left to them by their parents was starting to run out, Violet offers the guesthouse for rent. Showing up is River West, a charming, self-assured, mysterious with more than a hint of danger boy. River IS mysterious and VERY dangerous as a reluctant Violet discovers. River has what he calls the “glow” which allows him to manipulate people to see what the most wish or most fear. He can also make them hurt no only their selves but others, too.

Violet does ignore much of what River does even when it’s right before her eyes. The attraction she has with River and overlooking his misdeeds are explained by his ability to manipulate her emotions. This is plausible but if readers aren’t paying attention it can become annoying how she refuses to stop River. River’s powers can last up to several hours so he has to be around in order to keep the others from stopping him.

Violet, Luke, and a friend to both twins, Sunshine, slowly unravel the secret of River and his ability. Even though Violet was warned by her grandmother about the danger of holding the hand of the Devil, she is entranced anyway as is the reader. Tulcholke writes a moody, atmospheric story full of surprises and pearl-clutching scenes.

The house and the small town in which they live, called Echo, are characters in their own right. Both have a personality that is worn but welcoming and hiding secrets. The ending is overstuffed with exposition to set up the next book in the series but the ride is worth the trip. Recommended for High School and up.

P.S. [reviewer note]
Fans of the TV show “Supernatural” will notice a cross between the episodes “Croatoan” and “Good God, Y’all” in Tulcholke’s story. I don’t know about you but those two episodes freaked me out but good.

 

 

Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

Fangirl

“Fangirl” by Rainbow Rowell

A written review by Adrienne

Cather and her twin sister Wren (get it?) move to college leaving their dad behind. Mom left the family when the girls were eight. Since then the three of them had to fend for themselves. Cath (as she prefers to be called) cocoons her life with a passive boyfriend, her sister’s friends and the books of Simon Snow (our world’s Harry Potter.) In high school, Cath and Wren write slash fan fiction with the two main adversaries of Simon Snow.

When college starts Wren decides she wants be more independent and not room with Cath. As Cath tries to reconstruct her routine she withdraws more and more into continuing writing the fan fiction and school. It is her exasperated roommate that finally forces Cath to start interacting with others.

A character development story, Rowell Cath is reluctant who likes her life the way it was, despite its own problems. Cath is a likeable character in that her shyness is one other quiet people who hide away into books can relate. Each chapter opens with quotes from both the fictional fantasy book “Simon Snow” and from Cath’s fan fiction. I found the fan fiction story compelling and more interesting than the “cannon” version which seemed safe and ordinary by comparison. I was sad to finish “Fangirl.” I really liked that world. Recommended for Upper Middle School and up.

Lucky Ducklings: A True Rescue Story by Eva Moore and Nancy Carpenter

Lucky Ducklings

“Lucky Ducklings: A True Rescue Story” by Eva Moore and Nancy Carpenter

A written review by Adrienne

On a small island, in a small town, in a small park on a small pond lives Mama Duck, and her ducklings: Pippin, Bippin, Tippin, Dippin and Little Joe. One day Mama Duck decides to go for a walk but not in the park but into the town. As she leads the way her baby ducklings follow behind.

As Mama Duck walks she crosses a storm drain. As the ducklings follow her one-by-one they fall down the drain into the water below. It is the families quack cries that alert the town. The fireman try to open the grate but to no avail. Can Perry, a man with a truck and a cable line help?

There is brief tension built on whether the ducks will make it out of the storm drain and be reunited with Mama. For parents this is wonderful opportunity to talk about the ducks and how help can be found. Recommended for Kindergarten and up.

Tuesdays At the Castle by Jessica Day George

“Tuesdays At the Castle” by Jessica Day George

Tuesdays At the Castle

A written review by Jenny

Castle Glower has a life of its own. Every Tuesday it grows new rooms, secret passages and sometimes creates new wings. Only Princess Celie takes the time to map the changes in the castle.

Celie’s parents and older brother disappear when returning from the wizard’s university. Celie her older sister Lilah and the crown prince Rolph must protect the castle from the encroaching Prince Kelsh who has infiltrated the councilors and plots to kill Rolph.

Celie is a delightfully fresh and inventive character with lots of spunk! With help from the Castle, Celie and her siblings plan what they can do until the parents and brother are found. This had well rounded characters, delightfully unusual setting and lots of action to move the story along. Can’t wait until for next rollicking adventure “Wednesdays at the Castle” available now.

The Mighty Miss Malone

The Mighty Miss Malone by Christopher Paul Curtis

The Mighty Miss Malone” by Christopher Paul Curtis

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Emily
Jenny
Karl
Adrienne

Upcoming books:
“The False Prince” by Jennifer A. Nielson
“Somebody Please Tell Me Who I Am” by Harry Mazer and Peter Lerangis