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Joanna Kenrick. Mind Set
Barrington Stoke  $5.99  ISBN 978-1-84299-523-5  55 pg.
Reviewed by Joe, Age 13

“Turn that mobile off!” shouts Mr Hodge.

But Adam sits there, doing his stone act. Then he drops the mobile. It makes a loud crash as it hits the floor. “I have to go,” he says. “There’s been a bomb. My dad’s in the hospital.”

And he just gets up and walks out of the room.

When three bombs go off in London the news spreads like fire and it turns out that extremist Muslims have set off the bombs. The father of one of the most popular kids was sent to the hospital and now Mark’s friend Shaleem is being bullied and beaten up just because he is Muslim. A few days after the bombings Mark tries to sit next to Shaleem in class but when he moves toward Shaleem, several kids in the class start hissing at Mark. Mark has to make an important decision whether or not to stick up for Shaleem or not be his friend anymore.

Mind Set is an example of realistic fiction.  I could imagine it happening because it seems like something that could happen. One of the major themes in this book is racism. I would recommend this book for kids older than 11, as it deals with serious and important issues.   

Mind Set was very interesting and I was able to read it in one sitting due to its unique font size and length. It dealt with real life problems and I could easily imagine what the characters were going through, making the story easy to believe.  I didn’t like the characters because of what they were doing in the story, although the author made them very believable.  The author did a good job with the description in the story, and the illustrations in the book helped me to further imagine the characters.  I did not like the conclusion because for me not everything was resolved. To me, Mind Set seemed to end in a cliffhanger.  I don’t know if the author is going to write a sequel.

I give Mind Set three and one half stars out of 5.


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