Author: Susan Schmid
Pub: 2008; Philomel
Genre: Middle Grades, Fantasy
Etc: Read only for my students' book club.
The Short of It
New species discovery may cause misery.
The Long of It
Violynne is the daughter of smart archeologist on a planet where the exploration of the Croon civilization is paramount to finding more about the planet’s history. What should have been a relatively safe exploration turns brutal when Violynne’s parents disappear leaving her to figure out the mystery.
The Thoughts about It
What? I read this book because it’s the last one for my students’ book group and I thought it was a snore. The coolest thing was the house that Yiolynne lived in – it was built like a crescent moon. Seriously, how nifty of a house would that be? The story didn’t seem terribly original and the characters were afterthoughts as soon as I closed the book. I definitely could have skipped this one and not felt like I missed out.