Wednesday, December 23, 2015
We Are All Made of Molecules, by Susin Nielsen
A charming story of the many ways that families and friends can support each other. I disliked the rather cruel way in the story that Ashley's needs were shortchanged and her intellect belittled while Stewart's social ineptitude is frequent glossed over. However, in general, the novel has some good messages about the need to stand up against bullying.
There are other things that stand out in this book. As usual, I appreciate the attempt to show both the strengths and flaws of the adults alongside the kids (it isn't just the kids who bicker -- the grownups are equally as skilled). And, as much as this is a message book, the sermon is not heavy handed, giving us a good story as well.