Friday, July 31, 2015

Fort by Cynthia DeFelice - ADVISABLE

DeFelice, Cynthia Fort, 199 pages.  Farrar Straus Giroux (Macmillan), 2015.  $17.  Mature Content: G; Language: G; Violence: PG (shooting and cutting up squirrel for food, bullying). 

Wyatt and Augie have built themselves a sweet fort in the woods,  Until the day that their school tormentors also find it and trash it.  The bullies’ partner in crime seems to be another young man, Gerard,  who is less-able to defend himself.  The boys are determine to get the bullies out off their backs and have a plan that will have unexpected results. 

DeFelice writes a charming story with likable main characters who are able to stand up for themselves without resulting to crassness or becoming bullies themselves.  DeFelice  does a great job of combing character building with action  in order to captivate young readers.

EL – ADVISABLE.  Cindy, Library Teacher

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