Hey guys, it’s Krista!! I hope everyone had a great Valentine’s day with your loved ones! I’ve got a treat today- a quick review of Tow Kids, by Richard Levine.
Honestly, it took me forever to get in to the book. With a couple of exceptions, nothing seems to happen during the book. I look for more plot, more action- something to keep the book moving along. Instead, Two Kids seems to be a lot of dialog during small scenes, most of which don’t really draw in your attention. I found myself wishing many times that something would happen to draw me in more.
In spite of that, the writing itself is spectacular. As the reader, I got to know each character, and felt like I set foot in each location. I couldn’t have asked for a more detailed description. I did often find myself enjoying to read Two Kids. The characters were all so interesting, I wanted to get to know each and every one. I also felt like a part of the world they were in as I read about the places they were.
Overall, I’d give Two Kid’s four out of five stars. If you’re looking for an action packed read, I’d look else where, but if you are looking for a great book for your kid to read about blossoming friendships, Two Kids is a great recommendation. Learn a little bit more about the book below. Thanks for reading!
About the Book
Title: Two Kids * Author: Richard Levine * Publication Date: June 7, 2014 * Publisher: Firedrake Books LLC * Pages: 247 * Recommended Age: 10+
Summary: Tall, gawky, and twelve, D.C. Blau stumbles into her cousin Becky’s birthday party wearing a neon yellow T-shirt so bright it could burn someone’s eyeballs out. Towering above the boys there and self-conscious about her height, she prefers to think that it’s the boys who are the outliers, that Becky has more “dwarf” friends than Snow White — but one among them catches her eye, Rob, a definite Bashful.
Strangely, though they’ve never before met, the tall girl and the shy boy take to each other like long lost pals. So begins an unusual tweenage friendship, one that carries the two kids though a year both terrible and wonderful. There’s banter, and fun with fantasy. Ballplayers so huge they’re named after mountains. An island populated with up-chucking vampire birds. Freaky fortunes from a funky fortune-teller lady. A flukey fishing trip, and a rollicking, roller-coaster of a small plane ride. Father’s Day blues. And in the end, a climactic, life-changing event that spirals down from “out of the blue.”
The Buzz About the Book
“. . . delightfully dialogue-rich and character-driven portrayal of modern youth set in the New York suburbs. . . The book speaks to the resiliency of human nature–especially when we are young–and the stubborn belief that life will continue.” ~ CLARION RATING, FIVE STARS, Foreword Reviews
“This is a nice story about friendship, fitting in and a little bit of innocent teenage crushes thrown in. I think kids ages 10 to 14 (tweenies) will have no trouble feeling for the main characters and will sympathize with the uncomfortable situations that age group often has to deal with–not only their own bodies and friends, but also the strange oddities of parents and relatives.” ~ T.S. Drecker, Amazon
“No [matter] how old you are, you will find a character you will relate to, no matter your age. You could be 6, 12, 17, 43. No matter what, this is a heartfelt book to read.” ~ Madison, Goodreads
About The Author: Richard Levine
Richard grew up in Jericho, Long Island, and practiced Diagnostic Radiology for many years before retiring. He and his wife have two daughters.