Serenity, New Mexico is the perfect place to live. No poverty, no crime, no lying, no arguments. In short, nothing bad ever happens. But maybe it’s just a little too perfect. What’s really going on in Serenity? A group of kids suspect something is not right in their idyllic life and set out to find the truth. This fast paced adventure-thriller will have you on the edge of your seat! I read it in one sitting because I couldn’t put it down!
I picked this book up at the library and did not have high hopes for it. The title is, well, weird! But then again, every e. l. konigsburg book title is weird so I thought I would give it a try. It’s about a girl named Elizabeth who has no friends until she meets Jennifer who just happens to be a witch. She not only befriends Elizabeth, but she allows her to become her witch’s apprentice. It’s an okay book, but not as good as Mixed Up Files or View From Saturday.
Crash is another great Jerry Spinelli book. Usually his books have a really sad component to them, but this one is pretty mild in that regard. Crash is a boy that crashes through life with little regard for anyone or anything. He’s popular and the star of the football team. He takes special delight in torturing a kid in his neighborhood named Penn because he is a Quaker, wears second hand clothes, and is a vegetarian. Things change suddenly in the middle of his 7th grade year, however, and nothing will ever be the same. Great message and great book.
Rebecca Stead is fast becoming one of my favorite young adult authors. She’s kind of a modern day Judy Blume. This book is about a girl named Bridge (short for Bridgette) who survives a near death experience. She is growing up and trying to figure out life and friendship and boys. The plot involves a subject that may be inappropriate for younger readers but is very important for middle schoolers. There’s also a bit of a mystery wrapped into this story that you won’t figure out until the end. This gives the book an extra twist that you will enjoy. Highly recommend for 7th grade and up.