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The Lifters By Dave Eggers
(April 24th 2018 ~ AA Knopf for Young Readers)
If you’ve read anything by Dave Eggers (such as The Circle), you’ll know that his books are creative and a little fantastical. Gran (short for Granite) moves to an odd new town, where there’s resentment between neighbors and he’s completely ignored at his new school. But a girl, Catalina, says hi, and Gran can’t keep from following the one person who has noticed him. He secretly follows her into underground tunnels that have begun sinking the town of Carousel, and together they work to save Carousel from complete destruction. The book is recommended for ages 8-12 and releases April 24th. 3.5/5 stars
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I had mixed feelings about THE LIFTERS, a new middle grade novel by Dave Eggers. It’s a fascinating idea–when sinkholes threaten a town, two middle grade misfits head underground to fight the magical forces causing the problem. But the resolution of the personal and community problems came so late in the book that it was unsatisfying for me. The best moments came when Eggers’ voice shined through as the narrator. I enjoyed the periodic asides when the narrator spoke directly to the reader, providing some comic relief in what was otherwise a rather morose book. I’ll be interested to watch how young readers receive this book!
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