Shelter Me

Shelter Me by Alex Mcaulay
Alex Mcaulay
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Flamingnet Student Book Reviewer  MDG
Maggie Leigh is trying to be a normal girl. But that's hard when London is in the midst of World War II and German bombs are raining on the city every other day. After an attack that leaves Maggie's aunt in a coma, Maggie's ultra-religious mother sends her to a faraway boarding school in Wales. The school is run by nuns that are even more religious than her mother and slightly crazier to boot. After only one day at the school, an incident on the beach occurs, one that causes Maggie and her three friends to flee for their lives.

This book was weird. Most of the characters were really odd, with the exception of the protagonist Maggie, and maybe a few minor characters. I have read other books where girls in this time period are sent to boarding school, and this doesn't compare at all. I feel like the author wanted to write a historical novel, but didn't quite know how to do it. So he wrote in a lot of things, like the crazy nuns, to add to the "creep" factor and then turned the plot upside with a huge twist at the end. I want to say if this story was better written, I would have liked it, but even then I don't think I would.

Reviewer Age:16

Reviewer City, State and Country: Aston, Pennsylvania United States


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