Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Review of Bubba and Giganto


Recently I reviewed Bubba and Giganto: Odds Against Us and am posting the review below in case you missed it:

Lea Schizas has written another page turner. Once I started reading about Bubba and David, AKA Giganto, I couldn’t stop. Before I knew it I’d read the whole story. I’m so glad I did.

Bubba (yes, Bubba, not Bobby or Brendan) Jacobson, tough guy, smart mouth, sensitive heart, and David (Giganto) Montana, nice guy, picked on by bullies, big and clumsy, are the least likely of friends. But when they meet on the first day of ninth grade a remarkable friendship is formed.

This is Bubba’s first year at Pierson High, and he’s delighted to discover they have a soccer team. Questions arise, however, when Bubba and David try out for the team. Why does Mr. Ambrose, the gym teacher, tell Bubba not to push David (Giganto) into something he doesn’t want to do? What is the secret about the boy who died during a soccer scrimmage the previous year? Is David (Giganto) connected to the tragedy? And why is Jason, all-star athlete with an attitude, so determined David doesn’t make the team?

Ms. Schizas is a master at surprise endings. Just when you think you know all the answers, she changes the questions with an unexpected twist or two. I never saw this one coming.

Themes of bullies, soccer, friendship, and forgiveness are woven through this short story, making it one boys can relate to and will enjoy reading. I recommend it for reluctant readers, children who perhaps are facing their own bullies, and also for sports lovers and everyone who enjoys a fast-paced book with continuous action.

9 comments:

  1. Beverly...great review...keep up the great work!

    Warmly,
    Donna

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  2. Great review! The more I hear about this book, the more I know I need to read it.

    I don't usually like surprises, but when they are well done, then it's a wonderful thing.

    Best of luck with the tour, Lea.

    Cheryl

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  3. Good books are easy to review, Donna. Thanks.

    Bev

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  4. Cheryl, I like stories that surprise me. Like the saying goes: "Just when I figure out all the answers, they change all the questions."

    Bev

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  5. I have my copy of Bubba & Giganto on my desk. The surprise ending is peaking my curiosity. Gotta go read now. :o)

    Beth

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  6. Beth, I think you'll be glad you did. :)

    Beverly

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  7. I'm sorry I'm late getting here. As I told someone else, sometimes life interferes.

    Bubba & Giganto is a well written book that addresses a real problem in our society.

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  8. Thank you all for stopping by. I'm late for my own blog book tour but am catching up. GRIN.

    Oh, Beth, let me know what you think of the book and the ending. It's different but found it necesary to set it apart.

    Stay tuned on Friday, Feb 6th at The Writing Jungle, http://thewritingjungle.blogspot.com/ when I'll announce the winners of my ebook.

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  9. Great interview. I know the book will take off. We just have to get the word out!

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