Tuesday, December 22, 2009

What Mrs N's Been Reading - Holdup

I finished Terri Fields' Holdup a few nights ago. It reminded me of the Orca Soundings books that I highly recommend for older middle school and high school students who are weak readers, or just get frustrated slogging through a thick book. Holdup is a little longer than most of the Orca Soundings, but at 163 pages, is still quite manageable for a weaker reader. It takes the reader from the the events leading up to an armed robbery at a fast food restaurant, through the robbery, and then looking at the aftermath. It alternates between 9 points of view (both of the robbers, some of the employees, and 2 customers), which you'd think would be awfully confusing, but it isn't. Near the end of the story, the author points out that statistically, the average person makes over 600 decisions a day, many of them we don't even realize that we're making. As the story unfolds, it shows the effects that a single, sometimes obviously significant, sometimes not, decision can have on the rest of a person's live. Excellent for reluctant readers, and a good, quick, compelling read for anyone else.

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