Posted on February 9, 2014 by agirlnamedsara
Counting to D
I was lucky enough to receive an ARC of Counting to D by Kate Scott. This book, which is set to be released on the 11th of February, was a fun read.
The main character, Sam, is a teenage girl with Dyslexia. She is also highly gifted in math and has far above average listening comprehension skills. While the focus of the book is on how Sam navigates through her school work with her learning difference the story also looks at many other difficulties that teenagers face. There is a bit of a love story, different friendships, and sub plots on mental illness as well. What I really liked most about this book is it makes you think about people you know and the challenges they might face that you don’t even know about it. It is not preachy but helps students realize that different isn’t necessarily bad, and special ed doesn’t mean stupid.
This book is a very easy read and isn’t demonstrative of many different literary techniques so I would be unlikely to use it as a whole class read. However, I would absolutely have it on bookshelf and encourage students to read it. It would be a great book to have students read and then conduct a research project based on it. I think the interest level of the book would be 8th grade and higher due to some frank discussion of sex- though I think that was done exceedingly well!
Added bonus: If you have Amazon Prime you can borrow this book from the Kindle Owners Library FOR FREE!! Check it out!
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Posted on July 11, 2012 by agirlnamedsara
Finally another review! My copy of Perfect Escape is an ARC that I received in the fall at the NCTE convention. I decided to read it on my vacation since it said it was being released in July- wouldn’t you know I just looked and it was released yesterday! The day I finished the book! I love it when timing works out like that!
Anyways, onto the review….
Review: Perfect Escape had me engaged from the beginning to the end. It is the story of a girl named Kendra and her brother, Grayson. Grayson has severe OCD and anxiety issues that have affected the entire family. However, as the story begins we find out that some of Kendra’s problems have nothing to do with him. The novel centers around the “perfect escape” that Kendra attempts and the relationship between the brother and sister. There is a bit of mystery involved and a strong desire to find out what will happen next.
From my knowledge of anxiety disorders and OCD which is limited the book seems to do an accurate job of portraying a young (20) male suffering from the disorder. I think this book really opens your eyes as to what having a mental disorder that is so debilitating might be like, for the individual who is diagnosed, and some of the people closest to them.
Based on the content of this novel I think it would be appropriate for 8th grade through 12th. There are a few four letter words, but nothing extreme. Within the story there is some discussion of romantic relationships but there are no explicit scenes. I don’t think I would use this as a whole class novel but I would definitely put it on my classroom bookshelf and wouldn’t hesitate to recommend it to students. It may appeal more to females, but I could see teen males enjoying it as well.
RL: My guess is about 4th grade
Interest Level: High School
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Jennifer Brown has two other award winning YA books, Hate List and Bitter End that I’d like to check out now too!
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