I just read a GREAT book! Here's what I learned...
No Castles Here by A.C.E. Bauer. 270 pages. Random House.*Sweet story with happy ending (inner city neighborhood, bullying turns to friendship, empowering youth - saving school and community) This is an all-around feel-good story that all kids should read.
*Great book cover. I mean GREAT! It made me wonder what the story was about. I had to read it.
Great opening hook -- “Augie snuck out.”
Great opening descriptions --
“Camden…armpit of the world.”
“tall building…like a fortress with its drawbridge up.”
“He felt his t-shirt unpeel from his back.”
*Two Stories in one, entertwined. One is Augie’s life in run-down city neighborhood. One is the fairy tale he is reading. Later, the two stories intersect in a neat way.
*The boy, Augie, grows and learns as the book progresses.
*Great role models (hard-working mom, Big Brother, teacher, bookstore owner)
*Great sense of community and belonging (chorus, neighborhood, school)