Friday, October 26, 2012
Book Review: Save the Lemmings by Kai Strand
Publisher: Featherweight Press
ISBN Number: 978-1-60820-710-2
Publication Date: August 10, 2012
Genre of Book: Juvenile Contemporary Fiction
About Save the Lemmings:
When Natalie’s Texty-Talky invention makes her an overnight sensation, the media digs until they find a way to smear her goody-goody image. When her best friends start believing what they read, Natalie’s sunny spirit is pushed to its limits. How will Natalie stop the lies and win her friends back? And who will SAVE THE LEMMINGS?
Author Kai Strand did a wonderful job on her first contemporary middle grade book. The characters real and I had flash-backs to my years as a middle/high school student. The two characters who really stood out to me were, of course, the main character Natalie and her life long bully Trudy. The two girls are a completely different and play off each other throughout the book perfectly.
As things get crazy in Natalie's life and her three best friends pull away, Natalie has to look inside herself to pull through. It is one thing to be the upbeat shine personality for everyone else, but it is something completely different when you have to pick yourself up. Natalie is super sweet and the type of person who I could only be around for so long because she doesn't let things get her down for long. However, she does hit a low in the book, which I love because it shows she is only human (so to speak) after all.
Trudy who normally looks for ways to get Natalie in trouble or even bring her spirits down finds herself coming to the aid of Natalie. Of course, she spins her actions as being self-serving. Part of me really thinks she felt for Natalie and what she was currently going through. However, even bullies don't want everyone knowing they have heart deep down so it was no shock when Trudy went back to old ways quickly.
However, as the story comes to an end there is a hint that maybe this two might see a bit more in each other than either of them would like to admit. You also walk away seeing how someone can turn a negative into a positive, or as Natalie would say, "When the world hands you lemons, turn it into lemonade."
About the Author:
Kai Strand writes fiction for middle grade and young adult readers. Her debut novel, The Weaver, was a finalist in the 2012 EPIC eBook Awards. She is a (very lucky) wife and the mother of four amazing kids. The most common sound in her household is laughter. The second most common is, "Do your dishes!" She and her family hike, geocache, and canoe in beautiful Central Oregon, where they call home.
To find out more about Kai’s books, download companion documents, find links to her published short stories and discover all the places to find Kai both virtually and in person, visit her website: www.kaistrand.com. She loves to hear from readers, so feel free to send her an email or visit her facebook page https://www.facebook.com/KaiStrandAuthor
You can find out more about Kai Strand and her World of Ink Author/Book Tour at http://tinyurl.com/9vlepkd
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