Sarah's Stars

Emily Pohl-Weary. Strange Times At Western High
Annick Press  $11.95  ISBN 978-1-55451-039-9  218 pg.
Reviewed by Melissa, Age 14

Natalie Fuentes is sixteen years old, and is moving into a new school. When she arrives there, she learns much more than she wants to. This new school has secrets, and she is the only one to witness them, and it seems like she is the only one who wants to get down to the bottom of those secrets. This obsession over the secrets isnít very good for her social life though; how can she solve the mystery and try to fit in at the same time, while her parents are divorced and half a world apart from each other?

This book was a good read, though I found that it was a little fast. Events just came one after the other, without any real build up or reaction from the characters. I would have liked it if there was a little more emotion at the start. Also, I found that the beginning of this book seemed very stereotypical. High schools are not the way it was described. But as the story proceeded, it got better and better and more like the real thing. I got so into it by that point that I couldnít put it down. The mystery within the context was very good. A secrecy that you think can never be solved.

I would recommend this book for kids twelve years old to sixteen years old. It does have some violent parts, and some harsh language. All in all, this book is one that is sure to interest teenagers who like solving problems.

I give this book four out of five stars because of the way it started out; it didnít make much of an impact on me.


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