Book Review: When You Never Said Goodbye by Meg Kearney

Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

Genre: Realistic Fiction

Age Recommended: 13 and up

This book was an ARC, courtesy of NetGalley

I didn’t really enjoy this book, because while it was a good story and has well developed characters, I felt that the author tried too hard to drag the story out. Even though this book was the third in a series and I easily understood it without having read the first two.

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Liz’s adoptive father has just passed away, which is making her more eager than ever to find her birth mother. After saying goodbye to her mother after another long Christmas, Liz goes back to college with her mission fresh in mind.

When Liz begins investigating her birth mother, all she hits are dead ends. Most people aren’t willing to help her, and those who are willing don’t know how to. Liz finally learns tiny details about her mother through untold sources and begins to piece together an image which she believes to resemble her mother.

However, when a lady finally approaches Liz, claiming to have information about her birth mother, Liz isn’t entirely sure if she wants to know anymore.

Will she eventually find her birth mother?

If you would like to read this book, you can preorder it here: When You Never Said Goodbye: An Adoptee’s Search for Her Birth Mother: A Novel in Poems and Journal Entries

Book Review: Threatened by Eliot Schrefer

Rating: 3 stars

Genre: Fiction

Age Recommended: 12 and up

Violent at times but the rest of the book is good.

Threatened

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When he was little, Luc’s mother told him all about the “mock men” in the forests and told him to stay away from their dwelling. Luc is older now and his mother is dead. He lives in an orphanage working odd jobs in town.

One day, a man name Prof comes to town. Luc steals some of Prof’s possessions, but instead of getting mad, Prof hires Luc to go on an expedition with him.

Together, Luc and Prof go into the jungle to study the “mock men” or chimpanzees. They both live in the wild and take notes about chimpanzee behavior. While they’re there, Luc and Prof face many dangers but manage to survive.

The chimpanzees accept Luc and Prof as part of their family, but soon, some trouble starts. There is a hunter in the jungle who is out to kill the chimps.

Will Luc and Prof be able to defend their own family?

If you would like to purchase this book, you can buy it here:  Threatened

Book Review: Turning On A Dime by Maggie Dana

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

Genre: Historical Fiction, Fantasy

Age Recommended: 12 and up

A great book about a magic dime that transports the holder to another time. Well-written and characters are well-developed but the ending is very abrupt.

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Samantha is a girl in modern time. She lives in the era of the iPhone and iTunes. Her world is turned upside down when she finds a dime that transports her to another era. There, she meets Caroline.

Caroline is a girl who lives in the South during the Civil War era. She has her own set of problems like being grounded, not being able to ride her horse, and being sent to her father’s friend’s house for 5 days.

When Caroline meets Sam, they both freak out. Sam isn’t supposed to be in this era and she doesn’t know how to get back home. While the two of them figure this out, they become good friends. Sam ends up telling Caroline about the future; like how the North wins the battle and how slavery is abolished.

While all of this is happening, Caroline finds out that her house has been taken by the Yankees and that her family has fled from there. Caroline wants to run away from this place to find her parents and Sam agrees to help her. Also, Sam has to pose as Caroline’s slave and she learns many things about slave treatment in the South firsthand.

Will Caroline be reunited with her family? Will Sam find her way back home?

 


 

I was inspired to by this story to write the following poem:

 

Freedom

Freedom is a privilege

I learnt that the hard way

The ones that have it

Don’t appreciate it

The ones that don’t

Long for it

Freedom is a privilege

I learnt that the hard way

Through

Floggings

Beatings

Close-to-death meetings

Freedom is a privilege

That I hope to have someday

If you would like to purchase this book, you can buy it here:Turning on a Dime: A Time Travel Adventure