Category Archives: Julie’s reviews

Under the Banner of Heaven by Jon Krakauer

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How far would you go to preserve your beliefs?

In this nonfiction narrative, Krakauer explores what can happen when religious convictions become overwhelming. Krakauer interweaves the narrative of the 1984 murder of a young Mormon wife and her infant child–perpetrated by her husband’s brothers, supposedly under the order of God–with an account of the founding and history of Mormon fundamentalism.

For readers who only know about Mormonism from the t.v. series Big Love, this book will be a big eye opener.

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The Mysterious Benedict Society, by Trenton Lee Stewart

The Mysterious Benedict SocietyThis novel by Trenton Lee Stewart–his first for children–is a breezy, fun read that is also extremely intelligent–which is not surprising, considering that its four protagonists are all geniuses in their own unique ways.

The main character is Reynie, an 11 year old orphan who answers a very strange ad in the newspaper at the urging of his tutor. Throughout the book, Reynie and his three companions must solve a variety of puzzles, and uncover and utilize their strengths and compensate for each other’s weaknesses–so they can save the world, of course.

This novel is full of quirky, unique characters (one is a narcoleptic, and another never sleeps so she must eat constantly to have enough energy) with great Dickensian character names, such as Ladroptha Curtain and Constance Contraire, and the action, while brisk, never feels rushed.

I would highly recommend this book to Harry Potter fans, puzzle lovers, and anyone who likes their characters interesting and their plots complex.

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