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Dana Berglund has commented on (4) products.

More Than This by Patrick Ness
More Than This

Dana Berglund, April 20, 2014

I am reviewing the audiobook version, which is another masterpiece by Nick Poedehl.
In the opening chapter, Seth dies. Rather violently and without a doubt, he dies. But then he wakes up, somewhere else entirely, and without any apparent injuries. For the first part of the book, Seth and I both consider the possibilities of where he is and how. It's a well done mystery, and when the action changes, the mystery is still lurking in the back of my mind.
There's a character twist in chapter 17, I believe, that I didn't see coming but may be off-putting to some readers who are not me. I HOPE they do not let this put them off the book, because the story and the struggle is worth it even if you don't like that piece of plot.
I loved the ending, and hope that the author isn't going to bow to consumerist culture and church out a sequel. While Seth is a worthy character to explore, I thought the ending was thought provoking and well done-better left as is!
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Code Name Verity. Elizabeth Wein
Code Name Verity. Elizabeth Wein

Dana Berglund, December 6, 2012

I vote for Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein for 2013 Printz Award winner. Hands down.
The book begins as a confession statement from a captured British spy/wireless operator in occupied 1943 France. Our narrator tells us she has traded British spy codes for a reprieve from torture. She has been given two weeks to write a complete confession statement which includes as much information about the British War effort as possible. She is sure that at the end the Nazis will kill her anyway, but she wants to stall as long as possible. What the pages seem to become is an ode to her friendship with her best friend/pilot who ferried her to France, so much so that the reader nearly forgets this is actually a spy novel.
I loved everything about this book. The details, the voice of the narrator (her irreverent humor! inserting "Facist idiots" into her confession at every opportunity!), the struggle for gender equality in the 1940s, the complication nature of "the enemy", the question of truth, the ending, the beginning, the middle... This is a book I am looking forward to rereading, and understanding more of the complexities the second (and third) time around.
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A Dog's Purpose by W Bruce Cameron
A Dog's Purpose

Dana Berglund, October 2, 2012

Recommended to me by a 7th grader (to whom I recommended Racing in the Rain), this was a great book. The premise is that dogs will continue to be reincarnated as dogs until they learn their life's lessons and find their purpose. We follow the soul of one dog as he lives through several lives. Yes, this is a spoiler, but I'm sure you can handle it: this is a book about a dog, so you know what that means. In this case, we get to bear witness to the lives and deaths of one particular dog soul who narrates his own story. This is not magical realism, talking-dog stuff...he is simply a dog who can tell us about what's going on. Keep the tissues out, but this is worth it.
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Rot & Ruin by Jonathan Maberry
Rot & Ruin

Dana Berglund, September 27, 2012

4.5 stars. Benny and his much older brother Tom are residents of one of the only rebuilt, fenced towns in northern California following the zombie apocalypse. I am a big fan and advocate of young adult lit, but I am not a fan of zombies, or even books about zombies. I didn't expect to love this book, though I was willing to give it a chance. A page or two in, I realized that it was really a book about a complicated relationship between brothers, and I thought I might like it a lot. By the halfway point of the book, dripping in zombie gore, I realized it was all that AND a violent zombie book, too, but I already loved it.
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