Book Review: Firestorm by Ronnie Dauber

A REVIEW OF THE SEQUAL TO MUDSLIDE; MORE ADVENTURE FROM SARAH DAVIES. VERONICA DAUBER STILL GOES STRONG, AS SARAH BATTLES A FOREST FIRE AND A RESCUE MISSION TO SAVE HER GRANDDAD. PUBLISHED BY IUNIVERSE.

This long awaited sequel to Ronnie Dauber’s Mudslide (well, at least for me) is certainly exciting and packs a punch, even if it needs a little more work. It’s good to see the return of Sarah Davies, her cousin Meagan, and their new love interests, Indonesian Ali, and new stud on the block Brad. Having read Mudslide it’s easy to feel a sense of déjà vu, and have some expectation or anticipation – but thankfully it’s not a rehash of the same old story.  

you can read my review of the prequel here:http://bookstove.com/children/book-review-mudslide-by-veronica-dauber/

In Sarah Davies’s first outing, she dealt with teenage quarrels, school pressures and crushes while battling one natural disaster after another when a school trip goes belly up.  Here, Ronnie Dauber has matured Sarah to deal with the subject of Alzheimer’s, as well as rescue her (and her cousins) grandfather from a boating accident, only to realise the forest is on fire! The tension never lets up, and Sarah being confused for a man or a boy by the guy with Alzheimer’s is amazingly funny.  I do feel, however, that some of the dialogue paragraphs are too long. Perhaps I’m too used to Lee Child’s short and abrupt sentences. I just feel it would be best to type one or two sentences of dialogue, and then give actions or description, and then give the rest of the conversation. Like Mudslide, Ronnie gave the chapters mysterious titles to give the teen reader a feel of anticipation. The romance aspect is still there right to the end, though toned down as Sarah no longer has to flirt or impress any fancy boy as she already has her perfect boyfriend – still portrayed as a knight in shining armour. I still feel the language is too old and teacher like for the age of Sarah Davies.

Works always develop and get better, and what an impressive cover this book has. Let’s stay tuned for Whiteout!

Buy Firestorm here at http://www.amazon.com/Firestorm-Ronnie-Dauber/dp/1462015875/ref=sr_1_3?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1319704870&sr=1-3 

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