"Really am not sure what to compare this book to. Harry Potter comes to mind, but this is a very different kind of magic. This magic is based on more of a belief rather than the characters themselves being magical. Overall the characters respond to challenges with hope and determination."
"This would be an excellent selection to present bullying, the power of collaboration and asking for help when it is needed, and as support material for the dyslexia program."
"The was a good read on emotions dealing with tragedy, loss, grief and anger at a young age. Good example of how a young person can overcome these unfortunate life events. It shows in a realistic way that it can be done with the help of family and friends, and even teachers."
"The main character goes on a journey to find her mom, but in the end discovers how she fits into her family, friends, and world. Overcoming obstacles; whether self-doubt, plot events, mental illness, unwanted sexual encounters, or a variety of other issues, the main character prevails."
The Boys in the Boat by Daniel James Brown