Friday, July 13, 2012

Bruiser

Bruiser, by Neal Shusterman is another title nominated for the young adult Golden Sower Award.  In typical fashion, Shusterman creates characters you soon grow to care about in a bizarre situation which prompts much deeper questions about the characters and human nature in general.  Tennyson twin sister Bronte befriend a student who has always been a loner.  They soon begin to understand why he chooses to be a loner.  Brewster, or Bruiser, as everyone calls him, is not your ordinary student and does not live your ordinary life.  He has a special gift (or curse) that causes him to take on all of the pain experienced by people he cares about.  When Brewster does decide to reach out, it may reveal to everyone what he has tried to hide.  Worse yet, it could cost him his life.  Be sure to put this book on your Golden Sower reading list.  Neal Shusterman is also the author of Unwind and The Shadow Club, just to mention a few.

Saturday, July 7, 2012

The Card Turner

The Card Turner by Louis Sachar is another title nominated for the young adult Golden Sower Award.  This book has a much slower pace than it's competitors and contains a lot of information on the game of Bridge.  Alton is a 17-year-old who gets recruited by a great uncle to turn cards for him as  he competes in Bridge games and tournaments.  Trapp, Alton's rich great uncle, is not in good health and is also blind, thus the need for a card turner.  As the story progresses, Alton learns a lot about himself, forms a relationship with his uncle, and of course, develops a love for the card game.  This book will be much more appreciated by readers who like to see growth in their characters and  appreciate how caring relationships can be built in the most unusual circumstances.