A month ago, my parents took me to a velodrome race, and I loooooved it!! My dad took to Class 101, and I started training to race at competition level! My first race was about a week ago, and I’m racing tonight and tomorrow evening! I have my own jersey too!!! I. Am. So. Exciteeeeeeeed!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I love to race because it’s really fun to go reeeeeaaaaaaaaalllllllllyyyyyyyyy fast, and I can’t wait until I finally get to finish the 10 mile test! It’s scary when I have to dropwall, which is dropping from the wall at the top to start a race! I am not usually in the mood for staying close together because I either go so fast I’m overlapping tires, which you are not allowed to do in races, or even in training, pretty much. Or, I’m too slow and the other racers don’t even stay on my tail, and they go around me. And now it’s time for school!!!! Math! Yay.
Book Source: review copy provided as part of book publicity
Book Status: available March 24, 2020
A Wish in the Dark is set in a fantasy world but it seems a lot like ours. I was lucky enough to get the publicity booklet which explained some of names and places. Plus I sent Christina a question or two.
1. This is supposedly a middle grade retelling of Les Miserables. I am not sure because I haven’t read it but that is what Christina says.
2. There are two boys growing up in prison because of what their mothers did. Their mothers have died but they still have to stay until they are 13. This is a story of being punished for someone else’s action. Plus the women had done minor crimes to survive and where given long sentances.
3. There is a Governor who controls the city through the rules and the lights. This creates a world of the haves and the have nots. It is nearly impossible for the have nots to have a better life.
4. One boy escapes the prison and lives with monks for years. He returns to city and becomes part of movement for change.
5. There is girl who is a “have” but never feels good enough. In reality her parents have a secret about her that they are protecting.
6. I think this book pairs well with Padma Venkatramen A BRIDGE HOME. Both books are about living in a society of haves and have nots that were created by people. The people who create the system are afraid and use that fear to withhold things for control.
7. This is a book about resource sharing too. The Governor makes resources hard to access but one of the boys figures out how to make orbs (aka lights) more accessible.
8. I asked my mom to read this after I finished so I could discuss. I think this would be a good class or family read. There is so many discussions you can have.
I always feel special when I receive a book as part of the publicity campaign, especially for authors with a following. I will be passing this book on to another kid reviewer and buying a copy of to giveaway in a spring book giveaway.
Book Source: ARC provided by author to read and review
Book Status: Available February 4, 2020
Jeanne Zulick Ferruolo is quickly becoming one of my favorite authors. After I reviewed RUBY IN THE SKY and interviewed her, she sent a thank you that included a copy of her upcoming book. Every other kid gets excited about Raina T., And Dave P., but I’m AAALWAYS excited about this kind of books! Ok now………….
On with the review!!
1. It’s about friendship problems. ( I mean trios never work out, do they?) The problem is friendships evolve even you don’t want them to change. You can fight it but it only makes things worse.
2. It is about being a new kid and being very different from your new surroundings.
3. It is about parents dealing with really hard things and not being fully honest with the kid. Parents aren’t perfect and sometimes they think they are protecting the kid but they aren’t.
4. It is about facing your fears and doing something that terrifies you. I experience that with track cycling. Riding the track is terrifying but I love it. I still have to push myself through and just do it.
5. All together it tells a story middle graders can relate to. It covers bullying, friendship, families, new kids, changes, middle grade and so much more.
Overall I really liked this book. Ok I loved it but that isn’t why you should read it. I hope you read it because the topics it covers interest you. But first you have to preorder it and wait….
I started to read this book this summer after meeting Brooks but it didn’t click. I picked it up this week now that I am track cycling training. It made a lot more sense because like the main character I am doing something not normal for kids my age.
1. It’s about a boy who’s dancing.
2. It’s about a friendship thing that happens in real life.
3. It’s about how the boy, Dillon, has to keep his dancing with his friends a secret, because of his dancing with a different person, with a different style.
4. It’s about a person controlling his life to make him a better candidate for the dance competition.
5. It’s just a really good story for kids who have a desire to do something that isn’t popular to follow their heart. Be who you are, not who someone else thinks you should be .