SHELTER by Benette Whitmore


Age Range: 12 - 15
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Determined to keep her family safe, Sky’s mother announces her plans to build a bomb shelter in their backyard. Little does she know that the dangers facing Sky and her twin brother Will are not going to be falling out of the sky, but may be found in the one place that she wanted to be a safe haven for all of them. Sky thinks filming her life for the summer will result in a few minutes of boring footage, but Will’s destructive habits and her crush on his best friend make her art project more real that she could have imagined. While the premise of a single mom attempting to relate to and protect her teenage children is familiar, the quirky humor keeps it from being stale. The narrative is constructed around the film project, complete with prompts for sound effects. This loses its appeal quickly, however, becoming simply an unfortunate distraction from the story. (Fiction. 12-15)

Pub Date: Oct. 1st, 2006
ISBN: 0-8027-8884-X
Page count: 304pp
Publisher: Walker
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Sept. 1st, 2006