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Book reviews: 'Rump,' and more


By Liesl Shurtliff

"Rump: The True Story of Rumpelstiltskin" (Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers) describes Rumpelstiltskin's background and his experience. You discover some of his relatives have passed away and he ends up inheriting an ability to spin straw into gold. People begin to offer Rump exchanges for the gold that he's making, such as a necklace and a baby. All of these offers create a dilemma for Rump. This is a great children's book with potential. It has absorbing and fascinating details that make the book so interesting.

Rating: 5 smiles

Age: 10


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By Amber Kizer

"Pieces of Me" (Delacorte Press) is a novel about how to get back up when you are knocked down. Four different kids are learning how to deal with the conditions of their diseases with one another's help, although they have never met in person. In some way, all of these kids are connected and share an inspiring journey together. I thought this novel had an incredible message to teenagers. I love stories that have characters who make tough decisions that I can relate to, and this novel did just that.

Rating: 4 smiles

Ages: 13 and older


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By Padma Venkatraman

"A Time to Dance" (Penguin Group) tells the story of Veda, a talented dancer who feels music and spirit within her. Nervous for her dance competition, she practices hard and dedicates all of her time, pouring her heart into her performance. Finally, after she performs amazingly, she wins. After many congratulations, she heads to the van that takes home all the dancers and teachers. The ride is bumpy, and, all of the sudden, the driver crashes. The van is wrecked, but not as messed up as Veda's leg. Bloody and twisted, her leg has to be amputated from the calf down.

I loved this book. I felt like I was transported into Veda's life. Being a dancer myself, I was able to feel her struggle. I enjoyed the spiritual aspect as well, in which the characters were strongly religious and used that to help them push through this difficult time. This book is like a love story, tragedy and spiritual read all at once.

Rating: 4 smiles

Ages: 12 and older


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