Friday, March 18, 2016

Woundabout by Lev Rosen - NO

Rosen, Lev Woundabout, illustrated by Ellis Rosen, 278 pgs. Little Brown and Company. 2015. $17.00. Language: G (0 swears, 0 “f’); Mature Content: G; Violence: G. 

Connor and Cordelia were recently orphaned when their parents were killed in an accidental explosion.  Now they have moved to Woundabout to live with their aunt.  This is a strange town where nothing grows, nothing burns and the mayor has high expectations that the people will never veer from their routines.  Nothing must change.  The addition of these two children causes quite a bit of worry, especially as the mayor has lost an important “thing.”  

This was a strange book.  The writing seemed juvenile. A middle grade author should write for middle readers, not like middle readers. Much of the story was told rather than shown, like the best parts happened before the book even started.  I’m not sure what to make of it, so I wouldn’t recommend this title.  

EL - NO Lisa Librarian