Ally's been able to fool a lot of smart people. She's made it all the way to 5th grade without anyone (her mother, her brother, her teachers, her classmates) figuring out that she can't read. But Ally has a new teacher, and Mr. Daniels not only sees that Ally doesn't know how to read, but he just might know how to help her.
"The sofa wasn't there on Monday but it was there on Tuesday." River, Freak, and Fiona discover a rare zucchini-coloured crayon in the sofa that mysteriously appeared at their bus-stop, and it quickly puts them in the centre of a dastardly plot to take over the world. Because of course it does.
I read this book in one sitting. I'm a sucker for a good witch story, and this plot was very compelling. I kept on trying to get different things done, but the story just wouldn't let me go. The book is dark and dangerous and mysterious - it's the perfect rainy day read.
All superheroes have an origin story, and Ulysses is no different. The poor squirrel never saw the vacuum coming. Fortunately for him, Flora Belle Buckman is well versed in superhero lore, and is the perfect person to save him and assist him as he is born anew.
Short story collections are hard: one might think that it's easier to find good short stories than good novels, but I think that the opposite is true. In a novel you get time to build a relationship between the reader and the story, between the reader and your characters. There is time to recover if there's a misstep, or a miscommunication. In a novel, simply because it's a longer medium, you have more space to play around with. Short stories, on the other hand, do not grant the gift of that space.
This was a happy-making book - it was so adorable. It felt like a feel-good Meg Ryan rom-com. I kept on catching myself smiling while I was reading - and I also found myself researching Bollywood films to put on my list of films to watch.
Too much of the time I feel like I have to choose between substance and feeling good when I read adult fiction. This, however, had both. It was laugh-out-loud funny (and cover-your-eyes-while-cringing awkward). It was filled to the brim with dynamic characters who you love, dynamic characters who you hate, and dynamic characters who you love to hate.
I was enthralled by this book. M. L. Rio has created a vividly enchanting world at Dellecher, and has cast her story with fascinatingly deep and rich characters. The theatre students at Dellecher perform Shakespeare, and only Shakespeare, and because of this their speech is peppered with quotes from the bard. He exists like another character in the story.
This book makes you think, and it makes you feel. I have nothing but wonderful things to say about this book.
Natasha's getting deported tonight. Daniel's pretty sure that fate has brought them together. Natasha doesn't believe in anything as flimsy as fate. Daniel's not in love, but he's definitely getting there.