Saturday, May 21, 2016

Review: Losers Take All

Losers Take All Losers Take All by David Klass
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

What would happen if all seniors were required to play on a sports team? What if someone created a team just for losers? One that wouldn't try to win, but go out of their way to be funny? How would the other teams react? Does the athletic "win at all costs" culture contribute to bullying? What if your team makes the national news? Is your message, if you really ever had one, lost?

I wasn't expecting the turn this book took, but I appreciated the the irony, and the nerve touched by Jack's team of soccer losers. As a non-athletic kid myself, I could identify with portions of Losers Take All. And its message that sometimes adults can go to far.

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Friday, May 13, 2016

Review: Powerless

Powerless Powerless by Tera Lynn Childs
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

One of my students gave me her copy of Powerless and insisted I read it. I'm so glad I did. She was right and now I'm buying this series for my library. It's a series starter and has a semi-cliffhanger ending, I'm ready for the next one, now.

The world Kenna lives in, is one where almost everyone has superpowers, and is labeled a hero, villain, or ordinary. She is unfortunately ordinary. Her dad was a hero--one of the most powerful ones, until he was killed. Her mom is a scientist, and has developed a serum that makes Kenna immune to anyone's powers. It keeps her safe, but it's a secret, can you imagine the uses for war? Kenna finds herself in the middle of a break in at the lab, and discovers that her world isn't as black and white as she once thought.

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Monday, May 9, 2016

Review: Breakaway

Breakaway Breakaway by Kat Spears
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Kat Spears has become a go to author for me. I love her characters: flawed but redeemable boys, believable girls, and realistic adults.

Looking at the cover of this book, one might be led to believe it's really more about soccer, but soccer is just a background, a link between the four guys in this story, the only one they have that keeps them together after a while. Jaz, or Jason, is reeling after the death of his younger sister. Everyone is grieving, his mother, her friends and the rest of the high school, even those who didn't know her. His friendships are starting to change: Mario, has chosen a life of oblivion through drugs, Chick, has always been the small, socially awkward one, Jordie, having landed the girl he really wants, is letting his family's wealth dictate his social life. Jaz needs to figure out how to grieve, who he is, and what he wants. I loved going on his journey and watching him grow.

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