Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Connect The Stars

Connect the Stars
By Marisa De Los Santos and David Teague
Harper Collins, 2015, Fiction. 341 p.
Aaron can remember everything he ever heard or saw.  Audrey can always tell when someone is lying. These sound like cool superpowers, but they actually cause a lot of problems for the two tweens in their respective middle schools. Their parents decide they need a break from everyday life and send them to a six week survival camp in the Arizona desert.  On the trek, the two join a host of other quirky kids, all interesting and well developed. As they trudge through punishing heat and become much too familiar with the local cacti, they help each other find new and more constructive ways of looking at the world.  De Los Santos adds a mystery element that helps move the plot along, but this is really a book about becoming okay with what and who you are. This is a great choice for either boys of girls who feel like misfits and need a message of  hope that things will get better.

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