Thursday, May 26, 2016

The Apple Tart of Hope by Sarah Moore Fitzgerald - ESSENTIAL

Fitzgerald, Sarah Moore  The Apple Tart of Hope, 154 pgs.  Holiday House, 2014.  $16.95  Content: Language: PG (6 swears); Mature Content: PG; Violence: PG.   

Meg and Oscar have been best friends forever, but when Meg goes on vacation for six months to Australia their relationship is strained.  One night Oscar goes missing and all the town can find of him is his broken up bike and his shoes found at the bottom of the sea floor.  When Meg starts to investigate what happened to her usually happy perfect best friend, she holds onto hope that he is okay.   

This book is told in the alternate voices of Meg and Oscar.  The only mature content is when someone accuses Oscar of being a “perv” and there is talk of suicide.  I was surprised by how much I enjoyed this sweet book with good characters.  As the story unfolds, it is hard to put down.  The cover does seem like a middle reader, even though high school kids would enjoy the read.  

MS - ESSENTIAL, HS – ADVISABLE.  Reviewer, C. Peterson.  

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