French, Simon My Cousin’s Keeper 234 pgs Candlewick, 2014. $16.99 Content: Language: G (0 swears); Mature Content: G Violence: G
Kieran knows what it takes to fit in with the cool boys at
school, even at the cost of bullying his cousin Bon, who is new to the school. Kieran,
who has been having a wonderful childhood, is having a hard to time
understanding why his cousin Bon, who has had a terrible childhood, is so weird.
Even worse, Bon easily becomes good friends with a girl that Kieran would like
to get to know better. Will anything be able to break Kieran out of his
I thought this was a great read, from the perspective of a good
kid caught up in a bullying mindset. (I think it’s a media cliché that all
bullies are just repeating their bad home life at school). The author does a
great job of creating a gradual breakdown of that selfish childhood ego and
weaving in some well-rounded characters.
EL, MS –ADVISABLE Reviewer: Stephanie Elementary School
Librarian & Author.