Thursday, July 12, 2012

Review of Spider Brains

Book Review of Spider Brains sponsored by Pump Up Your Book

File Size: 521 KB
Print Length: 191 pages
Publisher: Roberts Press (March 14, 2012)
Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
Language: English

If one were to bake the story SPIDER BRAINS into a cake, they should sprinkle in Charlotte’s Web, toss in one Jellicle Cat, then stir in a little Spiderman—but as a girl and not in that goofy latex outfit! A tale of hope, transformation, transition and inspiration.
After her father’s death last year and, now, in the throes of a gnarly teacher’s whim as she thinks ahead to college (or really just dreams of getting into college), a small black arachnid bites fifteen-year-old Susie Speider on the finger. The bite sends her nights into fantastical dreams about taking revenge on a teacher who, ultimately, holds her college aspirations in the palm of her cold calloused hand. But, after Susie figures out the dreams are real, she ups the ante by visiting the teacher regularly… as the spider! And, oh, by the way! Who is that boy spider munching on flies, hiding over there in the corner? A story of loss and forgiveness, tolerance and kindness, Susie Speider deals with the death of her father while Matt Ryder–the new neighbor boy–has just lost his mother. Ultimately, SPIDER BRAINS poses some important questions about how to treat Attention-Deficit-Disorder.

Most recently, Susan Wingate’s novels, SPIDER BRAINS and DROWNING each reached Amazon Bestseller status in 2012. DROWNING won the 2011 Forward National Literature Award for Drama. She would love for you to read her books. You can find them all under the tab on this site labeled “Books”. SUSAN has written eleven novels, two short story collections, a few plays, one screenplay and tons of poems. Her latest 2011 novel DROWNING  (contemporary women’s fiction), won 1st place in the 2011 Forward National Literature Award and also won a finalist award for the category of Women’s Fiction/Chick Lit in the 2011 International Book Awards. A vibrant public speaker, Susan offers inspiring, motivational talks about the craft of writing, publishing and marketing, and how to survive this extremely volatile (e-)Publishing industry. She presents these lectures for private groups and at writing conferences, libraries and bookstores around the country.
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Spider Brains Virtual Book Publicity Tour Schedule

Thursday, July 12
Friday, July 13
Interview at Blogcritics
Monday, July 16
Interview at Examiner
Tuesday, July 17
Guest Blogging & Book Giveaway at Reviewing Shelf
Wednesday, July 18
Thursday, July 19
Character Interview at Beyond the Books
Friday, July 20
Guest Blogging at Literarily Speaking
Monday, July 23
Book Review at WV Stitcher
Book Review at Reader Girls
Tuesday, July 24
Interview at The Writer’s Life
Wednesday, July 25
Book Review at The Story of a Girl
Thursday, July 26
Book Review, Guest Post & Book Giveaway at Bookish
Friday, July 27
Guest Blogging at As the Pages Turn
Monday, August 6
Guest Blogging at Motherhoot
Tuesday, August 14
Tuesday, August 21
Guest Blogging & Book Giveaway at The Book Hoard

Book Review:

            Spider Brains is a cute coming of age story about a girl who endures serious abuse from one teacher at school and teasing from her peers due to her ADHD.  However, when a spider bites her she gains control over her ADHD and her ability to do well in school improves in all her classes but one.  Through it all she learns lessons about friendship, loyalty, and coping with loss.

            This is a cute story, kind of Spiderman meets Charlotte’s web.  It is a smooth read with beautifully descriptive language and many laugh out loud moments.  My 13 year old son read it and thought it was “cool, but would have been better if it was about a boy instead of a girl.  And she should have been able to poison the teacher.”  My son is still in the boys are cool and girls are gross stage.  And since I already have a 16 year old girl with boy crazy friends I’m good with waiting on having a girl crazy boy.

            I give this  book 4 out of 5 clouds.

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