25 November 2013
Under Shifting Glass
Singer, Nicky. Under Shifting Glass. Chronicle Books, 2013.
Jess's twin brothers are very ill, and she thinks the key to their survival is in the flask she found hidden in a desk in her bedroom. She is still grieving the loss of her beloved aunt, and now she has to protect the glass flask in order to ensure her brothers' survival.
I barely finished this one. The writing style is much too descriptive and literary for my tastes, much less for the middle school students who are supposed to check it out of my library. It's probably a good Newbery contender - one of those books that will get a gold seal and sit on my shelf, untouched, for decades. I really don't see any of my students, even my strongest readers, getting interested in this particular book.
Recommended for: tweens and teens, strong readers
Red Flags: none
Overall Rating: 2/5 stars