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Review! Chester and Gus by Cammie McGovern

6 Sep

Chester and Gus
By Cammie McGovern
272 pages – ages 9+
Published by HarperCollins on April 4, 2017

Synopsis from the Publisher- “Chester has always wanted to become a service dog. When he fails his certification test, though, it seems like that dream will never come true—until a family adopts him. They want him to be a companion for their ten-year-old son, Gus, who has autism. But Gus acts so differently than anyone Chester has ever met. He never wants to pet Chester, and sometimes he doesn’t even want Chester in the room. Chester’s not sure how to help Gus since this isn’t exactly the job he trained for—but he’s determined to figure it out. Because after all, Gus is now his person.”

What I Thought- I enjoyed this book – it really brought a lot of insight into not only the background behind service dogs, but also into the lives of lower-functioning autistic kids. One thing I thought was really interesting was how McGovern explains how dogs communicate with people – I don’t want to spoil the book, but it is a central aspect, and you will love it too! The book is told from a service dog’s, point of view. Chester is a sweet dog, trained to want to help people, and he will go above and beyond to help others. I do like how McGovern has Chester, who is surprisingly a figure one can easily relate to, compare and contrast Gus for us. Chester shows us ways that he is similar to Gus (not liking loud noises, for example), and is also able to succinctly explain Gus’ other behaviors as well. This will ultimately give readers more of an understanding about lower-functioning autistic kids. As the reader learns more about Gus and why he is the way he is – Chester clears up misconceptions. Chester sees Gus for who he is and is totally accepting. The unconditional love between a dog and his human is explained beautifully. The book is well-written, flows nicely and doesn’t drag at all. I think kids will benefit from reading about two lives we don’t normally get an inside look on. Maybe it will help us all to see the world a bit more like Chester and appreciate those who are beautifully different from ourselves.  I highly recommend this book!

I give this book five out of five bookworms!

Review! Just My Luck by Cammie McGovern

17 Feb

Hello everyone! Before today’s review, I have to announce a winner of the Ballet Cat Giveaway! The prize pack includes both Ballet Cat books, and a plush Ballet Cat! Thank you to Disney-Hyperion for supplying this awesome prize!

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Now, what lucky person gets the prize?

Why it’s LAURA!

I’ll be emailing you to get your address so you can get the prize pack for your granddaughter! Congratulation!

Now on to the book review!

justluckJust My Luck

By Cammie McGovern

240 pages – ages 8+

Will be published by HarperCollins on February 23, 2016

Synopsis- Benny still blames himself, even though everyone keeps saying that it isn’t his fault. His dad was jogging next to him while he was biking, and Benny’s helmet crashed into his father’s head. Now his father has internal bleeding in his brain, and may never be the same again. Pair that with the fact Benny’s best friend moved away, his autistic brother is a WAY better bike rider than him, fourth grade is not that great and Benny’s family is barely hanging in there. Somehow Benny keeps going through all this bad luck.

What I Thought- This is a great book about learning to see the positive things in life even when it all appears going terribly wrong. Benny is the youngest sibling, has some heavy weights on his shoulders to begin with his dad is recovering after a brain operation that Benny blames himself for. You really feel for Benny as he tries to make sense of his life. I think many kids will relate to Benny even if his problems are larger (or smaller) than the ones they face. The book has a great message of perseverance that will resonate with kids. The dialogue and relationships in the book are well thought out and ring true. The writing is perfect for the age it is written for. I like the way Ms. McGovern wrote a heartfelt story about some very big life issues that always has a slice of hope between the lines – maybe hope isn’t the right word. I think the reader can feel Benny’s fortitude. This is a thoughtful book about learning to live with the bad days in your life, and making them better.

I give this book five out of five bookworms!fivebooks

There is a Goodreads giveaway going on for this book until February 22. Click HERE to go enter.

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