Book Review #25 (Beyond the Bright Sea)

Book: Beyond the Bright Sea

Author: Lauren Wolk

Genre: Historical Fiction/Mystery

Page Count: 306

The other people on Cuttyhunk were are afraid to touch Crow. They think she came from a neighboring island, Penikese. They think she’s sick. Crow decides that she wants to prove, once and for all, where she came from, but she starts to dive into a mystery much bigger than she imagined.

I didn’t really enjoy this book at first, but as I got into the second half it held my interest more. I think that it was a good book, just a little more slower paced than I’m used to.

Since this is a historical fiction book, I read it for history. It didn’t actually have much historical content, outside of a few facts about Penikese. It was interesting to see what life could be like living away from the mainland.

If you like slow-paced mysteries, you should read this book.

Book Review #24 (The Jazz Kid)

Book: The Jazz Kid

Author: James Lincoln Collier

Genre: Historical Fiction

Page Count: 224

Paulie has never done well in school. He’s never had the patience, or motivation to do anything, but then Jazz walks into his life. He takes up the Cornet and sticks with it, making a promise to his Mom that he would keep up his grades. But that doesn’t work out too well . . .

This book was kind of meh. It wasn’t bad necessarily, but I didn’t really enjoy it. (then again I don’t like most things with out revolution, drama, or fighting) I though some of the characters were really interesting, especially Paulie’s dad.

I read this for the 1920s’ history unit. I thought I learned a lot about what peoples’ mindsets were like back then. Another really intriguing thing about this book was the fact that most of the musicians in it were real people, like Benny Goodman, Louie Armstrong and the Rhythm Kings.

If you like historical fiction books that teach you more than entertain you, I would recommend this book.

Book Review #23 (Redwall)

Book: Redwall

Author: Brian Jakques

Genre: Fantasy

Page Count: 302

The mice of Redwall Abbey have devoted their life to peace, kindness and healing. But when they face a threat from Cluny , a rat warlord, there comes a time when they must fight once more. Matthias, a young mouse, must set out on a quest to find an ancient sword, one that hasn’t been seen in thousands of years.

Reading this book was torture for my mind. Certainly not as much as Animal Farm was, but it was sloooowwww. Even the battles and parts where it should have been interesting just didn’t hold my attention. Maybe that’s the type of book some people like to read, but not me.

One good thing I can say about this book was that it was short. If it had been any longer I might have downright refused to read it (I was reading it for book club). As it was, it was hard to get through. There were some good things though. Different types of animals in the book spoke with different dialects, which I thought showed how diverse they were.

This just wasn’t my type of book. If you like slow-paced books about animals, by all means read it, but I don’t think I would recommend it to anyone.