Art & Culture

Great Reads! #3

Book reviews by Kathy Larabell on THE RACKETEER by John Grisham; RIDING FREEDOM by Pam Munoz Ryan; LLAMA LLAMA MISSES MAMA by Anna Dewdney

About the Reviewer: Kathy Larabell, Volunteer Reviewer and Friend of the San Benito County Free Library

I am an educator who recently retired from an extensive career in teaching.  Most of my teaching time was spent in middle school teaching language arts which I love.  Reading has been my passion along with music and travel since I was a young girl.  I hope you enjoy these reviews and these wonderful, creative books.

 

The Racketeer – Adult Novel by John Grisham

John Grisham masterfully draws the reader into this legal thriller.  Malcolm Bannister is a former attorney serving a term for money laundering in a federal prison.  He is also acting as a jailhouse lawyer for some of his fellow inmates.  Armed with knowledge about a sensational murder given to him by one of his “clients”, Malcolm asks the FBI for an early release in exchange for this information.  How the story evolves will keep the reader entranced.  Just as he did in "The Testament", Grisham has woven an intricate, surprising plot.

 

Riding Freedom – (suitable for middle grade readers) by Pam Munoz Ryan

Charlotte Parkhurst wanted a life far different than the one she was bound to experience.  Changing her identity and appearance to that of Charley Parkhurst, Charlotte becomes a legend in California.  She drives a stagecoach, becomes the first woman to vote in California, and redefines her own destiny.  Based on a true story, this historical novel is filled with excellent black and white drawings and great humor.  Pam Munoz Ryan has created yet another outstanding book for children.

 

Llama Llama Misses Mama – (Good read aloud book, kindergarten-1st grade) by Anna Dewdney

Llama Llama is beginning school and is not sure he wants to be there.  This story of a first school experience is told with unique, creative characters and depicts problems that really confront children in this new situation.  The story, with a positive, happy ending, is told in rhyme and reads very easily to entertain young listeners.  Anne Dewdney has created a series for young listeners and readers that will keep them wanting more.

 

Kathy Larabell

About the Reviewer: Kathy Larabell, Volunteer Reviewer and Friend of the San Benito County Free Library. I am an educator who recently retired from an extensive career in teaching. Most of my teaching time was spent in middle school teaching language arts which I love. Reading has been my passion along with music and travel since I was a young girl. I hope you enjoy these reviews and these wonderful, creative books.