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White Darkness by Geraldine McCaughrean July 15, 2009

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White Darkness

Geraldine McCaugherean

HarperTempest, 2005

ISBN:  978060890353

Age: 13-16

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White Darkness is about a 14 year old girl, named Symone Wates.  Symone is a very unusual girl who is in love with Captain Oates-a dead guy from a long ago time.  Symone is infatuated with the South Pole and Captain Oates expedition to the pole.  Symone actually ends up going on her own expedition to the South Pole with her Uncle Victor.  Victor is crazy and Symone believes she will suffer the same end as her Captain did on his own journey. 

White Darkness is very much a suspenseful thriller that keeps the reader on the edge of his/her seats.  Symone Wates tells this story in her own words as she tries to figure if her Uncle Victor can be trusted or not.  Victor’s obsession with the South Pole places Symone in grave danger.   Symone’s expedition becomes a struggle for survival and Symone must learn t trust her instincts. 

This story didn’t really capture my interested as I was expecting from looking over the cover of the girl with the deep looking eyes.  I struggled to finish this story.  It was just hard for me to believe that a 14 year old girl could ever be so slow at catching onto Victor’s craziness and not so nice disposition.  Also, I had a hard time believing that a 14 year old girl could even go on an expedition to the South Pole.  This story was just way too far out there to keep my attention for long.  The style of writing was just like most young adult books with the main character telling the story and traditional dialogue between the characters as the story unfolds.

I am the Messenger by Markus Zusak July 14, 2009

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I am the Messenger by Markus Zusak

New York: Borzoi Books, Alfred A. Knopf, 2002

ISBN: 0375830995

Age:  16 – 18

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Ed Kennedy is a 19 year old cab driver with no ambitions other than driving his cab, playing cards with his friends, and taking walks with Doorman, his dog and Audrey, his best friend and love of his life.  Ed lives a fairly predictable and boring life until the day he foils a bank robbery.   That day, Ed becomes a hero.  The next day, Ed receives his first ace in the mail.  He becomes the messenger and embarks on a mission of helping people in town while trying to figure out who is the mysterious person sending him on these missions. 

  This story was hilarious and serious at the same time.  The interaction between Ed, Marv, Ritchie, and Audrey during the bank robbery and throughout the story is comical.  I had laughed myself silly when Ed, Marv, and Audrey continued their conversation about Marv’s car while the bank robber kept yelling at them to stop talking.  The seriousness in the story is caused by problems that Ed finds himself involved in after he began receiving the playing cards in the mail.  Each of the playing cards has an address on it that leads Ed to a person who needs his help.  Each of the problems is very serious.  The first address takes Ed to a house in which the alcoholic husband is beating and raping his wife every night.  Ed is scared but still finds the courage to help the wife.  With each new ace Ed has a new problem to solve.  Ed continues his mission for aiding these people, but he really wants to find out who is sending him the playing cards.  This book is for ages 16 years to 18 years old. 

The cover of this book is okay.  It has playing cards on the front cover.  I don’t believe it would attract the attention of teens because the playing cards are somewhat boring.