Whenever I am in a bookstore, I stop and peek at this series. They have always intrigued me, but I never did pick any of them up and read through them. I would love to have these books, especially to read over the summer! I would especially like to read more fantasy, and these books look whimsical and enticing! Thank you for this opportunity!
Just by reading the summary and glancing at the cover of this book, I am already interested in the adventures of Cruz. I love to read about exploration, and do a little exploring myself. Mysteries are my favorite to read; solving puzzles along with the characters and escaping whatever is threatening the protagonists. This book sounds suspenseful and thrilling as we help Cruz figure out who's out to get him. I hope to be given the chance to follow Cruz through Explorer Academy!
One reason I would love the chance to read this book is my cousins and I played a lot of made-up games, but the one we played the most was survivors. We loved pretending to forage for food and build shelters. This story sounds a lot like something we enjoyed, so if I get the chance to read this, I'll pass it on to them once I finish! I love adventure and fast paced books, so I hope for the chance to read Horizon. Thank you!
I enjoyed reading this book! If you are looking for a meaningful, quick read, I suggest this book. It is the story of a young girl, Ruthie, who has just moved into a small apartment in New York from Cuba. Finally beginning to settle in- making friends, getting into the "smart class", learning English, etc,- her family is caught in a horrible car accident. Ruthie is confined to a full-body cast. The rest is the story of how Ruthie learned to be patient and grateful for what she has, and the healing process of her and her family. :)
Ruthie is just a young girl living in New York City, trying to achieve the American dream until those dreams are put on the line after a car accident that leaves her very injured. The story follows Ruthie's journey to recovery, forgiveness, hope, and love. I loved this book so so much for not only the thought provoking bits and life lessons, but for the melting pots of cultures that were conveyed. Because this is largely based off of the author's own experience, it has a personal touch that couldn't have been added otherwise.
First of all, the life lessons and thought provoking bits. I loved Ruthie and I think anyone could sympathize with her hopefulness and kindness. I also loved how her recovery process was used in such a way that Ruthie had to grow up fast and learned so many life lessons like forgiveness, following your dreams, etc. The one complaint I would have is that I felt that sometimes, because Ruthie was bedridden, the story dragged a little.
I also loved the other main component I took away from the book, which is that America is a melting pot. One of her friends was Indian, another was fluent in French and English and was from Belgium, their apartment neighbor was from Mexico, and Ruthie's extended family (all Cuban) were featured heavily. I also loved how whenever these cultures were brought up, they were always very warm and celebrated their culture (her parents dancing, their culture of food, her friend's mother making pastries, etc.) and I felt like I learned something about each of the cultures. Ultimately, this book showed one girl's story of recovery while learning about forgiveness and hope, and was able to celebrate cultures from all over the world without making the book all about culture/religion. The book shows that you should always follow your dreams because in America, it's a melting pot- anyone can achieve anything.
This book sounds very inspiring! I can relate to Ruthie, having just moved across the country and making new friends and trying to find my way around. I'd enjoy reading a story from someone from another country's point of view, since I rarely read books with characters like this. From the reviews, this book sounds very powerful, and I'd love the chance to read it!
A while ago I read the 100 Cupboards, and loved it so much! This book is a mix between fantasy and mystery- my kind of book. I never knew there was a prequel, and now I am eager to begin reading. The Door Before sounds gripping and unique, I hope I am given the chance to read it!