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2019-2020 Truman – My Rankings

Since starting this blog in May, most of my book reviews have been about the Truman nominees from this year or for the upcoming year. Having just finished the 12th book for the 2019-2020 list, I decided to do my favorites list. I’ll start with 12 then work my way to my #1. My #1 the last two years hasn’t even made it to the top three of the finals, so hopefully I don’t jinx anyone’s chances this year.

Disclaimer - just because a book is in 12th place, doesn't mean I didn't like it. Each book has to go somewhere on the list 🙂

#12 – The Trail by Meiko Hashimoto

#11 Refugee by Alan Gratz

#10 – Greetings from Witness Protection by Jake Burt

#9 – To Catch a Killer by Sheryl Scarborough

#8 Piecing Me Together by Renee Watson

#7 Rosemarked by Livia Blackburne

#6 Hideout by Watt Key

#5 Renegades by Marissa Meyer

#4 Click’d by Tamara Ireland Stone

#3 Long Way Down by Jason Reynolds

#2 Forget Me Not by Ellie Terry


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The Trial, I mean, The Trail

It’s been about 3 weeks since I last posted. Part of that was due to the school year wrapping up. The other part was that I was dragginnnnnnng through this book. Someone out there liked it. Actually a few people had to because it made its way through the first selection of Truman nominees (usually 50+ books) to the smaller pre-list (around 20ish books), and finally to the last 12 books that officially get presented to students as the Truman Nominees. It’s no surprise to me that this book did not make it to the students’ top choices.

What I liked

  • There was a dog in the story.

What I didn’t like

  • Main character was whiny and selfish.
  • Parents abandoned kid while he was in a hospital after a car accident.
  • Kid runs away.
  • People randomly showing up to save the day.
  • Kid is able to stay on the trail without getting caught even though he left a note that he was leaving, and it was pretty obvious that at least 2 people would have known where to look.
  • BORING. The first part of the book just dragged.

If you have a student or son/daughter that is interested in camping and/or hiking, they MAY enjoy this book. I would say 4th-6th grade readers are the intended audience even though this was a middle school nominee. I can’t think of any of my 8th graders who would have picked up this book and actually finished it.