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Nora Rock. More Than Bread
Smith, Bonappétit & Son  $12.95  ISBN 978-1-897118-41-2  205 pg.
Reviewed by Lindsey, Age 15

"Hey! Did you hear the big news?"

"What news?"

"Michael!" she chucked my dad in the shoulder. "Out with it!"

Dad shifted in his seat. He had a good news/bad news look on his face. He put down his bottle of beer, only half empty after two and a half periods of hockey. "Well, I'm thinking about running for the Liberal Party. Provincial. In this riding."

Elyse beamed. "Thinking about!"

"OK, I am running."

"Cool." I wish I could have said something a little less lame, but to tell you the truth I was shaky on what exactly he meant.

Tom Aylesworth led a pretty typical life, hanging out with his friends and going to school (even if it was an expensive private school). His parents are split up and he doesn't particularly care for his dad's new flame, but then two things happen. One is that his dad decides to become a politician. Two is that Tom meets Judge. Judge is kind of scary-looking actually. He's tough, he's tall and he's got a way of manipulating people so that they don't notice. Even so, Judge is also the head of a radical activist group called Bread Equity and Tom is the perfect recruit for the group. Unfortunately, the activist group plans to protest at an event that's closely tied to Tom's father. As the date of the rally gets closer and closer and Tom discovers what being an activist is all about, he also discovers that even a peaceful group of protesters can have a dark side...

More Than Bread was a fairly interesting piece of writing. The premise was a tad flat but it looked original and I enjoy discovering new authors so I thought I'd give it a try. I really didn't mind it at the start. It kept me reading, even if I didn't care too much for Tom but I wanted to see how it all turned out. I was a bit disappointed with the ending though. It was all leading up to the important event, the rally, and then suddenly Tom suffers a terrible accident and wakes up in a hospital with everyone telling him he almost died! It was kind of confusing and very unbelievable. But for the most part, the book really wasn't all that bad. I appreciate that the publishers are really trying to reach out to a younger audience and get teens interesting in reading and also in reading about important issues like poverty and politics. I really think that the story could have been better but I give credit where credit is due. It was a well-written story and I do feel that if there were to be another Spoonful Fiction novel, I'd most likely check it out.

I give Nora Rock's More Than Bread three stars.


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