Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Save the Lemmings by Kai Strand

About Book

When Natalie’s Texty-Talky invention makes her an overnight sensation, the media digs until they find a way to smear her goody-goody image. When her best friends start believing what they read, Natalie’s sunny spirit is pushed to its limits. How will Natalie stop the lies and win her friends back? And who will SAVE THE LEMMINGS?

Publisher: Featherweight Press
ISBN Number: 978-1-60820-710-2
Publication Date: August 10, 2012
Genre of Book: Juvenile Fiction

Where to buy: Amazon, Barnes & Noble

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About Kai Strand

Kai Strand writes fiction for middle grade and young adult readers. Her debut novel, The Weaver, was a finalist in the 2012 EPIC eBook Awards. She is a (very lucky) wife and the mother of four amazing kids. The most common sound in her household is laughter. The second most common is, "Do your dishes!" She and her family hike, geocache and canoe in beautiful Central Oregon, where they call home.

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My Thoughts

Eighth grader, Natalie Edwards spent much of her time with her three best friends Jayne, Sandra and Tamilla.  Natalie had a lab at home where she worked on an invention that her and her friends swapped ideas and solutions to create a model and hopefully submit it her father's boss.  They had decided to call the product Texty-Talky.

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Natalie was also interested in the cause SAVING THE LEMMINGS.  Which is a little rodent in the Arctic that would in large numbers, during their migration, throw themselves off a mountain committing suicide. The only way to stop this was to build small fences that would prevent their senseless act of suicide.   But she seemed to be the only person who cared to save the lemmings.

Natalie also had a thorn in her side by the name of Trudy.  No matter how calm Natalie tried to remain during the onslaught of Trudy's harassment Trudy would remain persistent in her meanness.  Trudy plotted to get nice girl Natalie in trouble by setting a trap that could possibly destroy Natalie's good reputation and her bright future. It could also cause her family and friends to mistrust Natalie.  Natalie was accused of a Bad Deed and would have to do penance for that deed.  Which in actuality the deed was a creation of Trudy's.

Then out of nowhere Natalie hits the limelight when her invention is accepted by her father's boss and hits the local stores.  She is regaled by the school officials and her friends for her success of such a great accomplishment at such a young age.  She becomes very popular with the media which causes her friends to shy away from her because she never has time to spend with them since she became a celebrity.

Then her life began to fall apart.  The media found out about the supposed BAD DEED!  The media took off like a fire and it grew to even more horrendous false accusations.

How has all of this affected her efforts to Save the Lemmings?  Will anyone trust her again?  Has she lost her friends?  What can she do about all the slander against her?  How will she redeem herself?

 In so many ways this is a great story.  There are lesson to be learned in this story like bullying, perseverance, friendship, loyalty, trust and most importantly holding true to yourself.

The author took a not so ordinary eighth grade girl that was true to herself  in order to show our children how life can sometimes give us lemmings.  Oh, I meant lemons that can be made into lemonade if only we can get past all the sour events in our life.  Persevere!!!

I highly recommend this book.

I rated this book a 5 out of 5.

I received a free copy of this book from Featherweight Press for review.  I was in no way compensated for this review.  It is my own opinion.

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