Monday, March 26, 2012

Island Eyes, Island Skies

Reviewed by Ben Weldon (age 14) for Reader Views Kids

 

"Island Eyes, Island Skies" by Richard Levine is the story of D.C., a tween girl, and Rob, a tween boy, as they share life experiences and learn to overcome tragedy.  After first meeting at her cousin's birthday party, Rob and D.C. were reunited at school when D.C.'s family moved to Old Westwood.  Soon after they got to know each other, Rob's father had a heart attack and D.C.'s mother had a miscarriage.  D.C. and Rob found each other as kindred souls seeking explanations for the random tragedies that had struck their families. Will Rob and D.C. come to accept their disasters or will they continue to be haunted by these tragedies forever?


Just days after starting her new school and meeting Rob again, tragedy struck.  Rob was playing basketball with his father when his father had a heart attack, collapsed and died right in front of him.  That same day, D.C.'s mother had a miscarriage.  After these great tragedies, Rob and D.C. were eventually drawn together because they could understand the magnitude of each other's loss and offer each other sympathy.  But little did they suspect the worse fate that was to befall them.


This was not the most suspenseful book, but had some redeeming features that made me want to keep reading.  It had some humor and a little suspense thrown in for good measure.  The book was not as much for-fun reading as for watching someone else struggle with tragedy and learn how to overcome it. 


I would recommend "Island Eyes, Island Skies" by Richard Levine to people who like books where the main characters must overcome loss.  I would especially recommend this book to people who have just had a tragedy in the family.  The book had quite the surprise ending that will keep you on your toes, and you will have to read the book to find out what happens.