Book Review – Wintergirls

by Laurie Halse Anderson

Lia and Cassie were best friends.  That is, until the obsessions took over.  The overwhelming need to control their weight.  It took Cassie and now it’s after Lia.  This is a heart-wrenching portrayal of the devastation that comes with anorexia and bulimia.  The toll it takes on the body and the family.  This book is eye-opening and extremely emotional.  A must-read for anyone who has suffered through an eating disorder or knows someone who has.

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Book Review – Skellig

by David Almond

Michael has just moved to a new house with his parents and newborn baby sister, and all is wrong.  The house is a disaster and needs lots of cleaning and paint, his sister is on the brink of death, and hiding in the dilapidated garage is Skellig.  Michael and his new friend/neighbor Mina cannot figure out Skellig.  He’s grumpy, complains of arthritis, and appears to have wings.  Yes, wings.  Mina and Michael decide to help Skellig and it opens their world to new and amazing possibilities.  This was a very fanciful and beautifully written story.  However, the author is British which means there is a large amount of British slang; for example, Michael loves to play football, which we usually refer to as soccer.