Summer & Shiner
by Dr. Nolan Carlson
Publication Date: September, 2009
List Price: $7.99
Review: The book I read was Summer and Shiner by Nolan Carlson. It is the first book in the series. Imagine being a young boy with a Native American friend who is very athletic and outdoorsy. You are in a group called the mustangs. There is also a rival group named the spiders. They have a tough juvenile delinquent named Mick Fuller. Both groups have many adventures which include climbing a mountain at night, swimming in Luke Webster’s lake, dealing with gypsies and much more. Will they live out the summer? Read the book to find out.
I loved the way that the author used many descriptive sentences and painted a picture in your brain. For example at the beginning of the story right off the bat they were using colors and adjectives to paint a beautiful picture in my head. Also, the author made the adventures realistic but daring. An example would be that they weren’t going to fly to the top of the mountain they were going to climb it. When you are reading the book you never want to put it down, especially during the flood part. Regardless you always wanted to keep reading. One thing that was on the down side of the book was that it had some sad parts in it. These parts kept you keep reading because you wanted to know that everything would turn out alright. In addition to that sometimes you can get lost or confused. This happens because it is adventure after adventure after adventure. Also sometimes it leaves you hanging mid adventure.
In this story you really get attached to a raccoon named Shiner. He is a fun loving raccoon who is found in the forest area he causes a lot of drama but at the end of the day you have to love him.
I strongly would recommend this book for anyone who likes a good adventure, with some parts that are sad, and anyone who likes descriptive books. This book got 11 out of 10 in my opinion.
Review written by Connor (7th grade student).
We would like to thank Breakthrough Promotions for providing a copy of Summer & Shiner for this review.
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