A Bookaholic, Pro-life, Pro-Family, Pro-Oxford Comma, Catholic (with Asperger's) who reads and writes as her obsession. I've been reading over 400 books a year lately. These are my ramblings on some of the books I read. To read about all the books I read and comment on, visit me at LibraryThing or Goodreads.

I've been blogging since 2007 and at this point (July 2015) am trying my hand at turning the theme of this blog towards mystery, thriller, and crime, fiction and nonfiction. I have some special interest topics and categories within this broad genre which include (but are not limited to) serial killers, scandi-crime, Victorian history and historicals, history of the criminally insane and asylums, psychopathology, death, funerary practices and burial, corpses, true crime and anything dealing with the real life macabre, or that portrayed in fiction.

I also read a short story a day from various collections, sometimes anthologies othertimes collections of a single author's work. These reviews are also posted here and while they are of mixed genre the mystery, thriller, horror, gothic and macabre often appear within their pages as well.

I also blog about
graphic novels and manga on a separate BLOG.

Monday, January 2, 2012

286. Power at the Plate by Scott Ciencin

Power at the Plate by Scott Ciencin. Art by Zoar Huerto. (Canada) - (US)
Sports Illustrated Kids Graphic Novels (Baseball)

Pages: 50
Ages: 10+
Finished: Dec. 26, 2011
First Published: Aug. 1, 2011
Publisher: Stone Arch Books
Genre: YA, children, graphic novel, easy reader, sports
Rating: 4/5

First sentence:

WHOOSH!  Did you feel that?

Acquired: Received a review copy from Capstone Press.

Reason for Reading: I have read a couple of books from this series and was very impressed with them.

This series of hi-lo easy readers for reluctant readers or those with LDs is impressive in it's execution.  Appealing to young to mid-teens this story centres round two step brothers who do not get along, ages 14 & 15, they play on the same baseball team with the eldest receiving all the glory.  The youngest is a good player but he feels as if no one ever pays any attention to him as he's always living in his brother's shadow so he sets out to destroy his brothers lucky charm and prove he can play a good game and get the attention himself.

Typical teen situation, behaviour and language.  An uneasy relationship is worked out through honesty and good sportsmanship in the end.  The story will appeal up to age 15 and yet the reading level is very low, listed at RL: 1.6 and GRL: J.  A well worked out, interesting story, that will appeal to its targeted audience.

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