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AR level: 4.1
Grade appropriate: middle or high school
Overall: 5/5-- I really did like this story, but I definitely feel like it’s more appropriate for middle or high school. The bullying is very intense and there is a very scary scene at the end. See my comments below on violence.
Creativity: 5/5-- I love the idea that Raine can collect memories and watch them. That specific part reminds me of Snicker of Magic. One of my favs from last year.
Characters: 5/5-- Loved Raine. Wanted to go running with her. She would have trounced me.
Engrossing: 5/5-- It was absolutely engrossing. I couldn’t put it down.
Appeal to kids: 5/5-- It needs to be YA, but the cover is too young looking. Will have to do some reconciling on that.
Appropriate length to tell the story: 5/5
Violence:medium-- the bullying in the books is seriously disturbing. In the end the main character is tied up and put in a burning building. Sometimes in adventure stories the violence is much less disturbing because it's so far fetched. This feels all too real.
On our Mock Newbery list this yearI decided to move to Moonpenny Island in the first chapter. It’s a sweet little island that seems perfect. And then reality sets in.
This book is all about how hard life can be. It’s a good book, but not one that you want to rush back into.
AR level: 4.2
Grade appropriate: 4th and up
Creativity: 2/5-- Life on the island made this story different from others like it. But it’s very much like other stories about tough life events.
Characters: 4/5-- very real, not always perfect, not always likeable, but very real.
Engrossing: 2/5-- This was not an easy book for me to finish. I loved it at first, but after a while there are just too many things going wrong. It was not a place I wanted to go if I had the choice of what to read.
Appeal to kids: 2/5-- I think it’ll be a hard sell…
Appropriate length to tell the story: 4/5
Violence: mild-- Sylvie accidentally gets pushed down the stairs when her dad and brother are fighting.
Drugs/Alcohol: mild-- Sylvie’s mother has a drinking problem.