Song of the Sparrow by Lisa Ann Sandell
A blog for the members of the 2008 MLA Thumbs Up! Award Committee to discuss the books we are considering.
This is a very fun book about racing which I really enjoyed. Kyle has an incredible talent for music, but unfortunately his family only cares about racing. When Kyle's brother is injured, Kyle steps in, but what he thinks is temporally helping out his family could soon ruin what he wants to accomplish with his music. His loyalty to his family and enjoyment racing make it tough for him to make a decision between racing and music and this is the best part of the book. Unfortunately, there are some very unrealistic parts and the ending is extremely blah, so I say NAY.
This book is completely absurd...though in a good way. 14-year old Seth Parrot lives with his quirky family in Australia. His dad begins a feud with a city inspector when he "accidentally" flicks manure (which the family was using to line their walls) on Mr. Raven. When Seth gets a crush on a muscular kickboxing girl, he finds that she is Raven's daughter. In order to give his life some semblance of normalcy he is trying to woo Miranda, avoid her ex-boyfriend who keeps punching him and get his parents sex life back on track. This is crazy and ridiculous and I liked it a lot. YAH.
Heavy hitting in content, mental, physical, and emotional violence. Garrett chooses to be with the woman he loves, disobeying his parents - something his high performance, image conscious parents won't tolerate. They send their 15 year old son to a boot camp to reform his ways, his thoughts, his attitudes.