Friday, September 11, 2015

#Review: Dying To Tell Me by Sherryl Clark #kidsbooks #middlegrade

Summary:
Sasha doesn't really mind moving. It's not like there was any reason to stay in her old life, after all the trouble. But Manna Creek is strange. And when, after a pretty nasty fall, she starts hearing and seeing things that haven't happened yet, or happened a very long time ago, it gets even stranger. Maybe King, their new retired police dog, can help solve the mysteries. He thinks he can. He told Sasha he could. And she heard him.

My review:
This is the story of a young girl with telepathic abilities. She covers her abilities up from everyone including her Dad and brother. She does not want to be "the freak". She can also telepathically talk to her dog.  Eventually, she uses the "gift" to help her family and to solve a 100 year old mystery.

That is essentially the book although, there is a lot of fluff that leads up to it. I read the entire book but it took forever to get to the point. I had hoped that conclusion would be at least a nice wrap up in a pretty bow. Instead it just ended, no real conclusion but speculations of an ending. I guess if the ending had been a cliff hanger that would have even been better. but no, It just fell flat.

I think I would have liked to have seen Sasha work with her abilities and hone them. This might have appealed to kids that have the real ability of telepathy.

Did I hate this book entirely? Well, actually no. The author writes  fairly well but to me the story overall just fell short. I do think that middle grade kids would like this book and maybe older elementary but I certainly would not call this a YA book.

Overall, I will give it a 3.

Disclosure: I earned a copy of this book for free from Usborne books. The views expressed here are 100% my own and may differ from yours. ~Naila Moon

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