Review: The Skin I’m In

The Skin I'm In
The Skin I’m In by Sharon G. Flake
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

“The Skin I’m In” by Sharon G. Flake was amazing…the author really weaved a very good story together describing how, as a teen, you go through peer pressure from your so-called friends and, sometimes, just don’t end up doing the right thing. She also does a great job of depicting the thoughts of Maleeka who just doesn’t like the skin she’s in…until a teacher came along that changed all that, and made her realize that it’s okay to be who you are and like who you are.
Miss Saunders has a blotch of white patch on her face, but that doesn’t stop her from being the best she can be with what she’s got. The author even goes into Miss Saunders own insecurities about herself making readers feel, who will probably most likely be pre-teens, that teachers have feeling to and go through the same thing we go through.
I thought this book was awesome for the age group it was written for…it will definitely be a book that I recommend to pre-teen and teens I know. “The Skin I’m In” could also be a great read for anyone who’s having issues with accepting themselves for who they are.

I give it 5 stars.

P.S.  “The Skin I’m In” was provided on-loan from my local library.

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Review: Growing Pains

Growing PainsGrowing Pains by Joe Coleman
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

“Growing Pain” by Joe Coleman was an okay read…it gives stories, more for high-school kids who are beginning to experience and deal with the pressure of growing up and belonging. The author compiles short stories of kids, all from the same high school, who are dealing with an issue prevelant among teenagers such as being new in town, not wanting to hang with someone that’s not in the popular crowd or deciding between right or wrong when you know the law is being violated and disrespected.

The text is very simple, fit for teenagers. I really enjoyed the book…it brought to memory, for me, issues that I use to deal with in high school…all I can say is I’m glad I’m not there anymore, but I would definitely recommend this book for teenagers in high-school, pre-teens that are about to be there or their parents.

I give it 3 stars.

P.S.  “Growing Pains” was obtained from my personal library.

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Review: Keep the Lights Burning, Abbie

Keep the Lights Burning, Abbie (Reading Rainbow Book)Keep the Lights Burning, Abbie by Peter And Connie Roop
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

“Keep the Lights Burning, Abbie” by Peter and Connie Roop is a story that proves that any obstacle can be conquered if a person sets their mind on a positive outcome. Abbie Burgess is a young girl who, without the help of anyone, kept the lights in a lighthouse burning for 4 long and difficult weeks while a terrible storm passed.

During this time, more upkeep had to be done in order to keep the lighthouses lit. Abby had to personally walk up to the top of the lighthouse, and blow out each light. She had to trim each wick, clean each lamp, and refill it with more oil. She had to do this for 4 weeks.

Her father, Captain Burgess, was the lighthouse keeper; however, he had went out in the storm in search of food and medicine as their supply was almost finished, and Abby’s mother was ill. He explained to her that, if anything happened that prevented him from making it back, she would have to keep the lights burning. Her sisters were too little, and her mother was too ill. She was the only one…Abby even had to get up in the middle of the night and scrape ice off the lighthouse’s windows so the lights could be seen…how many of us would have taken on that responsibility.

Personally, I believe that Abby was really courageous…I enjoyed reading this book.

I give it 4 stars.

P.S.  “Keep the Lights Burning, Abbie” was provided on-loan from my local library.

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Review: Aesop’s Fables

Aesop's Fables  Aesop’s Fables by Aesop
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

“Aesop’s Fables” by Aesop, but retold by Ann McGovern reiterated the moral lessons we have learned as we grown-up – “misery loves company,” “slow and steady wins the race,” “many things are easier said than done,” “evil wishes have evil consequences,” “freedom is too high a price to pay for revenge,” etc… Moreover, they were told in very clear, concise and simple words accompanied with illustrations thereby enabling the message to be that much more effective to the reader.

I recommend this book to those who are looking to refresh their minds with the fables of Aesop, and the moral lessons he conveyed through them. Personally, this book wasn’t a very enjoyable read for me, but I didn’t dislike it either. I used it as a refresher.

I give it 3 stars.

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