On My Bookshelf: Riding by Cassia CassitasNovember 09, 2015
This is a sponsored post. I received this product for free in exchange for a review, but all opinions are my own.
Why I liked it: The book is full of interesting details about the development of host cities long before the Olympic Games take place as well as the growing recognition for the Paralympic Games. However, the actual plot of the novel was disjointed and the characters poorly developed. It was difficult to connect with any of the characters because so little of their thoughts and feelings were revealed throughout the novel. The narrative jumped from event to event, sometimes leaving out major details or not including them until much later (i.e. Andre's physical handicap and its cause).
Classroom application: The book would be of interest to any students interested in sports, cycling, and/or the Olympics. The sections on developing Olympic host cities might also be of interest on a unit on planning communities. The novel could also be used in literature circles themed around differences or facing challenges.
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