Wednesday, November 18, 2009

2 short quick reads for Cybils

Touchdown Trouble by Fred Bowen
Publisher: Peachtree
Pages: 123
Source: I purchased

Sam plays for the Cowboys and so far his team has been undefeated. His father loves the game so much and is proud his son plays. He video tapes each game. The night the Cowboys play the Giants is a night both teams will never forget. Both teams fight hard for a victory but the Cowboys come out ahead. They are now undefeated. As the team sits around in Sam's livingroom watching the video of the game Sam sees something that will change him in so many ways. The questions is what is he to do with the information he has? This is a book about integrity and doing the right thing. I can't wait for my students to read it. Sometimes they don't think about things like this until they read it in a book. I am glad it was one I had to review for the Cybils. Once again I was surprised that I enjoyed a book I thought I wouldn't like.
Beyond the Station Lies the Sea by Jutta Richter
Publisher: Milkweed
Pages: 81
Source: Review copy from publisher
What would you do without your guardian angel? What would you do to achieve your dream? Would you sell your guardian angel if it meant achieving your dream? Niner lives on the streets. He had been living there part time ever since his mother's new boyfriend moved in and began his abuse. He has been living there full time ever since he found his mother in a pool of blood and the ambulance took her away. All he wants is to go to the sea with his friend Cosmos. It takes money to get to the sea. All Niner has to offer to sell is his guardian angel.
This was a great book. It took me a little while to get in to the book but once I did I finished it very quickly. I would like to read more by this author.

The opinions expressed in these review are mine alone and do not represent the views of the panel.


  1. I'm curious about Beyond the Station--is the angel real, in the sense that this is really a fantasy book, or is it never really present?

  2. These sound intriguing. I love it when I'm pleasantly surprised by a book I thought I wouldn't like.