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By SAMAMA, May 15 2020 11:21AM

I was so sad to say goodbye to all the characters I became good friends with in The Orphanband of Springdale. There were so many unforgettable little personalities in this book that I’m sure I’ll miss.

In 1941, Augusta Neubronner gets sent to Springdale, Maine, to her grandmother’s orphan home because life was getting tough in New York. With a father who’s missing and is being looked for as a fugitive by the police and a mother who’s still far away in New York, life gets tricky for the 11 year out Augusta. But with her musical French horn and her new friends, life starts getting a little less worrisome, but a lot trickier at the same time. This story is about her journey through life alone in her little – metaphorical – boat and how she learns to overcome the storms that come her way.

I loved the simplicity of this book, and loved how the story was written from the eyes of a little child. It showed how wonderful and horrifying the world looked from little Augusta’s point of view. The writing style was so smooth and detailed – something that I absolutely love and look forward to in books. There are just too many things I loved about The Orphanband of Springdale to point only a few out. Plus the fact that it didn’t have any romance in it made it so much easier for me to read it during Ramadan.

A book that’ll make you go through a roller coaster of emotions. 5/5 stars. 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

By SAMAMA, Apr 28 2020 08:58PM

It truly felt like summer was finally here when I read the first few chapters of Beverly, Right Here and walked out into my balcony. I’m not kidding - It was 40 degrees centigrade!

This story is about Berverly, a teen who lost her best friend - her dog, Buddy. With only a mother left in her life who couldn’t care less about her, she sets off to an unplanned journey somewhere far away from a place that never really felt like her home. And that’s where her story starts.

I finished most of the book in only one sitting. You can know by that fact on how simple, sweet and interesting this work of fiction was.

I do wish the expressions of all the characters were more descriptive while they spoke to each other. I wish we had received more details on everything in all the chapters, and I wish I could read a much more descriptive and deeper back-story on all the characters.

Maybe because those details were excluded from the book was the reason I was able to finish this story much faster. Either way, it’s a really down to earth and simple book, perfect for middle graders looking for something different to read.

3 out of 5 stars. 🌟🌟🌟

By SAMAMA, Apr 24 2020 08:51PM

After continuously reading grown up books for a very long while, I decided to shift my reading gear in reverse and read something from the middle grade genre instead - and I started that by reading Gargantis. I couldn’t have been happier with that choice.

This story was so brilliantly written that I literally got sucked into their adorable little town near the sea called Eerie-on-Sea as I kept reading. The atmosphere of this town was so comfy, I wanted to go there in person and live inside the warm and cozy Grand Nautilus Hotel, and also visit the Mermonkey - a monkey in a bookstore who gifts you the book that your soul NEEDS - not something you want – during my stay.

I absolutely loved Erwin, the talking cat. That’s right, there was a cute white kitty WHO COULD TALK ABOUT WISDOM in this magical book. My expressions automatically got twisted in ecstatic amazement the moment I found out the cat could speak! The characters Herbert and Violet were really interesting. They were children, and they weren’t annoying at all! In fact, I would’ve loved being their friend.

The writing was simple, profound and beautiful. Gargantis is perfect for children AND grown-ups with a childish heart - just like me!

5 out of 5 stars for this adventurous novel. 🌟 🌟 🌟 🌟 🌟