Quote of the day:
"Safety is as simple as ABC - Always Be Careful."
Today's featured book:
Author: Tania Unsworth
About the book:
First off let me say that I really, really liked this debut novel from Tania Unsworth. She takes you into a world where nothing seems like it appears before your eyes and ears. It is a page turner from page one right through to the last page.
The setting of this book is sometime in the future when the world has been devastated with a cosmic climate change and the survivors are split into two groups according to their wealth....the haves and the have nots. Devin, who lives in a sheltered farm with his grandfather is present when his dear, beloved caregiver passes away. Devin lovingly buries him and then strikes out for the city in order to survive. He cannot keep up the place on his own so he goes off to find others who may come back and help him maintain the farm and live with him there.
Once in the city he is horrified to see that orphaned children are everywhere and the adults just pass them by and do not care about them. He struggles to find food and shelter daily and finally meets up with a smart, street-wise girl named Kit. He hears about an unbelievable place that kids can go called the Gabriel H. Penn House for Childhood and by a stroke of luck (or so he thinks) he is invited to go there. It is an utopian place where kids can eat as much as they want, play as much as they want and find adoptive parents thus resulting in a very good life. He insists on Kit accompanying him and then the real sinister suspense begins. All is not as it was portrayed and they begin to realize that evil resides in and around that home entangling those within to become hostages. Knowing they are trapped and prisoners of that foreboding place the captive kids work together to find a way to escape and somehow find a way back to safety and a new life.
The author uses very descriptive language and takes you right into the minds and hearts of the characters she has penned. Her portrayal of the events and circumstances causes the reader to be fully engaged with the characters plight. I highly recommend this book. I thoroughly enjoyed it and having taught middle grade and early high school students I know they will find this book very interesting and enthralling to read.
About the author:
Book review rating: 9 (close to perfection!)
Read on and read always! Have a safe and productive day everyone.