Children’s Book Reviews
Children's Book Reviews: Sadie
Publish September 28, 2018
Deeply affected by the murder of her younger sister Mattie, Sadie takes off from her home in the trailer park to seek justice and revenge. When her departure turns into a missing persons’ case, surrogate grandmother May Beth refuses to let Sadie become another statistic – opting instead to keep Sadie’s story alive through a podcast hosted by West McCray. Throughout the eight episodes of the show, McCray tries to unravel the mystery surrounding Sadie’s disappearance and to track her down, revealing an ever-widening circle of deception and an intense vulnerability affecting young women in America.
In her latest gripping read, author Courtney Summers offers a searing look at the role of poverty and addiction through the heartfelt story of two sisters caught up in circumstance. To say that each new twist adds intrigue to the tale would be doing an injustice to Sadie, as her joint narration skillfully builds a character fighting against the wrongs of her life. Left without her sister, Sadie takes her broken heart and uses it to protect others in her quest for vengeance.
In the process, Summers reminds her readers that missing girls deserve attention and action. Undervalued and unprotected, part of Sadie’s powerful story is the realisation that there isn’t enough being done to ensure the safety of the defenseless in our society.
Sadie is also available as an audiobook, read by a full cast that lends great authenticity to its podcast narrative style and makes Cold Creek come alive.
An avid promoter of Canadian teen fiction, Amy Mathers completed the Marathon of Books in 2014. The money she raised allowed the Canadian Children’s Book Centre to fund the Amy Mathers Teen Book Award. She also reviews for the Canadian Children’s Book News and writes a monthly article for the CCBC e-newsletter.
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