August 15, 2012

Review: Monument 14 by Emmy Laybourne

Your mother hollers that you’re going to miss the bus. She can see it coming down the street. You don’t stop and hug her and tell her you love her. You don’t thank her for being a good, kind, patient mother. Of course not—you launch yourself down the stairs and make a run for the corner.Only, if it’s the last time you’ll ever see your mother, you sort of start to wish you’d stopped and did those things. Maybe even missed the bus.But the bus was barreling down our street, so I ran.Fourteen kids. One superstore. A million things that go wrong.
In Emmy Laybourne’s action-packed debut novel, six high school kids (some popular, some not), two eighth graders (one a tech genius), and six little kids trapped together in a chain superstore build a refuge for themselves inside. While outside, a series of escalating disasters, beginning with a monster hailstorm and ending with a chemical weapons spill, seems to be tearing the world—as they know it—apart.

Monument 14 is a book that keeps you on your toes and has you wanting more. When I was done with this book I wanted more. Laybourne has written something that could appeal to many different audiences. Monument 14 is something everyone should read.

Publisher-Feiwel & Friends
Reviewer Rating: 5 STARS!!!
Reviewed by~Destiny Beaudoin (Student at Franklin High school)
~Thank you to the publisher for the donation of this book to the Read for your Future book program!~

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