Tuesday, August 13, 2013

London Calling, Liesl & Po, Let the Circle Be Unbroken - Quick Reviews

London Calling by Edward Bloor

3/5 stars (Goodreads | Amazon)

For a book that had time-travel and London during the Blitz it was pretty meh.  Not only that, but the narration was uninspired especially when the actor did female voices.  Though I wouldn't attribute the meh-experience to narration, more the experience was not improved upon by it.  I do like the history and time travel, but overall this book just felt middle of the road.  I'd say if you're stuck for a library audiobook this will do but if you have better options, take them.

Liesl & Po by Lauren Oliver

4/5 stars (Gooreads | Amazon)

This is a delightful middle grade novel about a girl trapped in an attic and the ghost that befriends her.  It's delightful, sweet and just a little bit dark.
"People need other people to feel things for them," she said. "It gets lonely to feel things all by yourself." 
This book has just enough whimsy, a very playful writing style and an adventure filled with mishaps, life-lessons and new friendship.  If you're a middle-grade fan, you need to read this quirky little book pronto.

Let the Circle Be Unbroken by Mildred D. Taylor

4/5 stars (Goodreads | Amazon)

I cannot get enough of this series on audiobook.  This is my third book about the Logan family and Let the Circle Be Unbroken does not disappoint.  As far as series about black children growing up in the post civil-war south, I'm not sure there are any better (and if there are please recommend them).  Cassie is just as sassy and intelligent as the little girl we first met in Roll of Thunder Here My Cry.  During this book she is not entirely likable, but realistically flawed and more believable.  This is a book about family, growing up in the segregated South and learning what is right in the face of prejudice.  Honestly if you're library has this series on audiobook request it now.  

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