Monday, January 26, 2015

It's Monday! What Are You Reading?

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Today is a special Monday! I am participating in a virtual blog tour for author Jess Keating.

I read her newest book How to Outswim a Shark without a Snorkel over the holiday and am reviewing it here today.

I loved this book! I am so grateful that I got an advanced released copy!

Genre: Realistic

AR level: none yet

Grade appropriate: 5th grade girls & up
(Prepubescent boys do not need to be reading about girls comparing
their boobs to another girls.)

Overall: 5/5-- I thoroughly enjoyed this book!

Creativity: 5/5-- how fun to write about a girl who lives at a zoo?
Reminded me of Stuart Gibbs's Belly Up & Poached.

Characters: 5/5-- loved kevin! Ana was real and might have even been
me in middle school, minus the living at a zoo thing. Ashley was also
a very real character that I swear I knew in middle school. It turns
out the girls like her were all just as insecure as I was!

Engrossing: 5/5-- it was a great book that held my attention.

Writing: 5/5

Appeal to kids: 5/5-- I know so many girls who are going to eat up
this story of enemies who become friends,

Appropriate length to tell the story: 5/5

Language: none

Sexuality: mild-- girls make a kissing pact & try to kiss a boy before
school starts, the girls have to change into swimsuits & notice each
other's bodies.

Violence: none

Drugs/Alcohol: none


Also check out Jess Keating's first book How to Outrun a Crocodile When Your Shoes are Untied.

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