Book Review: Beyond Repair

Student Book Reviewer: Cherlynn D. – Grade 8

Beyond Repairby Lois Peterson
Orca Book Publishers, 2011
Pages: 121
Series: Orca Currents
Genre: Mystery 

Summary: Cam became the “man of the house,” ever since his father died and now must take his responsibilities and time seriously. He has to do all the chores in the house, do all the grocery shopping and he also has to take care of this little sister, while their mother is at work. Things become a little more difficult, when the man, who killed his father, offers to shovel their driveway. The man also shows up at Cam’s work and his sister’s school. Cam tries to find why this man is stalking his family and how to make him stop.

  • Did this book hold your attention?  Yes 
  • Was the story what you expected? Were you disappointed? Surprised? After reading the back of the book, the story ended up begin what I expected it to be. The problem was resolved in a civilized manner, which is what I expected it to be. However, I do think that the ending could have been resolved very quickly, if the main character had enough courage to say something sooner. Over all, the story was what I hoped I would be. 
  • Do you think that the book was suitable for your age? Too violent, swearing, sex, etc.: The book would be suitable for people around 10-14. It doesn’t have such violence, but it’s a real life situation. 
  • Did you like/dislike the book? Why? I enjoyed reading this book because every chapter made me want to read more and want to know what was going to happen next. 
  • Who would you recommend this book to, even if you disliked it? Give an example. I’d recommend this book to anyone who likes books the get right to the point, not much detail. It has real life situations, with mystery mixed in with a little bit of tragedy. 
  • Is this a stand-alone book, or is it part of a series? I believe it’s a stand-alone book, because I don’t see any way of there being a sequel. 
  • Does the cover art match the style of the book inside? The cover doesn’t match the title, but sort of relates to the story. You can get the idea that someone is following another person, which is basically what the story is about.

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