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Many of these have found their way into the classroom – which ones am I missing based on what you see in middle school classrooms?

Taken

In the year 2036 kidnapping has become a big business – and so has security. So Charity is prepared when she is Taken, she cooperates with the kidnappers, tries not to panic, and counts the hours as she waits for the ransom drop. In order to stay calm she tries to remember every detail about the days leading up to her kidnapping. Which is why a savvy reader might figure out what is happening before Charity does.
Bloor creates a world in the future in which currency is king, after a credit collapse (the copyright on this is 2007 – hmmmm…….), and rich people not only live lives separate from everyone else in terms of security but also in terms of awareness. For instance Charity’s live in maid and butler have ‘adopted work names’ of Victoria and Albert. There is some subtle, and not- so subtle social commentary going on in this book.
All of that aside there is also suspense, and a little bit of action.
Overall I wouldn’t say Bloor has done a phenomenal job on this one. It tried to hard to make a statement, at the same time the plot never generated a lot of questions and suspense.
Still I read it in one take, and I’d recommend it for middle schoolers.

Other blog reviews:

From The Book Splot

D.R.  Hill Middle School

Shiver

For all the buzz about this book I had a difficult time getting into it, although that may say more about me as a reader, than the story.

Grace, stolen by wolves from a swing in her backyard, bitten, and remarkably saved, has a connection, maybe an obsession with the wolves in the woods by her house.  When a classmate is killed, attacked by wolves, Grace fears for their safety.  When Sam appears on her deck, bloody from a gun shot, she is not totally prepared for what she learns and yet somehow, she is.

It is not giving a way a plot secret to acknowledge that Sam is a wolf, bitten as a child he cycles between human and wolf form based on the temperature.  Shiver is both the love story  of Sam and Grace, and the story of the wolves lives. There is danger in the form of new and old wolves, the worry of the coming winter, and the reality of the wolves lives.

It is inevitable that this book will be compared to Twilight.  It is a better written book, the characters more subtly and finely drawn.  HOWEVER, one of the successful elements of Twilight (not the rest) was the atmospherics of the setting.  It created a mood.  Shiver should have this element – with the frozen woods, and the coming winter, but it never really developed for me.

Leaving aside the obvious comparison – it is an all-consuming love story, made convenient by Grace’s relatively absent parents. It has the intensity of love at first sight romance, the fairy tale of soul mates, and the longing of troubled lovers.  Frankly for a sense of hot longing, I prefer Wake.

Other reviews:

Abby the Librarian liked it

Tale of a Pink Monkey

The Cajun Book Lady

Also check out the book trailer!