Catching the Light – Susan Sinnott


 Catching the Light – Susan Sinnott, Vagrant Press, an Imprint of Nimbus Publishing, (9781771085960), 2018

Format: Paperback

Rating:  1-5 (5 is an excellent or a Starred review) 4

Genre: Realistic fiction

 What did you like about the book? Cathy has spent two years in 7thgrade and has failed for the second time. She cannot read.  Having lived in a lighthouse until recently, she is a loner, she is odd and she is an artist who says very little.  She is picked on by a number of the local kids.  The wife of the local doctor, Sarah Burke, offers to tutor Cathy over the summer; the two become good friends.  Cathy has been allowed to enter eight grade much to her relief and happiness.  She continues to grow and learn, yearning to enter art college when (if) she graduates. One of the boys that has taunted her is Hutch Parsons, an athletic, rather loud-mouthed boy.  At the end of his Junior year of high school, he is in a bus accident that kills two of his friends and leaves him with a number of health problems including the amputation of one leg below the knee.  His entire life and future as he planned it has completely altered.

Though you can sense where the story is heading the changes and growth in both of the characters is realistically drawn and well-written.

Anything you did not like about the book.  No.

 To whom would you recommend this book? The story takes place in Newfoundland which is refreshing right there – to have a look at the lives of teenagers in Canada, not something that appears very often in American publications.

Who should buy this book? Public and high school libraries

Where would you shelve it? YA fiction

 Should we (librarians) put this on the top of our “to read” piles?  No.

 Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City: Katrina Yurenka, Manager, Youth Services Book Review

Date of review: 6/11/2019

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