Monday, April 9, 2012

Talking Books - Sloan is There

Sloan tells a wonderful story of hope and promise.  It is a little unbelievable, but that makes it all the more powerful.  A cross between Nancy Werlin's Rules of Survival  and Matthew Quick's Sorta Like a Rock Star, Sloan is able to create lovable characters that we cheer for the entire way.  The ability to survive falling down a mountain seems hard to believe, but surviving the childhood that the two main characters had makes the fall seem like just a small hurdle.  Once again as in many of this year's triumphs, music is that magic that binds everything together, like in Jennifer Donnelly's Revolution and Jessica Martinez's Virtuosity.  I guess when the Mayan calendar calls for the end of the universe everyone turns to music.  Thanks for being there Holly.