Unstoppable Octobia May (Paperback)
Kid: April, age 12
Review: I enjoyed "Octobia May" because it is an exciting adventure about a girl who suspects a vampire lives in room 204 of her aunt's apartment building. Octobia May solves this mystery with her unshuttable mouth and excitement to go places. I would definitely recommend this book to you if you enjoy an intriguing but mellow mystery.
Kid: Lucy, age 12
Review: Unstoppable Octobia May is a mystery set in the 1950s. It is full of unexpected twists and turns. Octobia May lives at her aunt's house and is convinced that one of the other residents is a vampire. Later, in the book she discovers she was right to be suspicious... I recommend this book for ages 7 to 12.
Kid: Ashania, age 14
Review: I felt like this book was confusing but very interesting for a mystery. It made the vampire tale in the beginning seem so real, but also the deeper story with the 1950s made you think about how life was in the past. The book had a lot of twists with different emotions and sense.— From Kid Picks
Octobia May is girl filled with questions. Her heart condition makes her special - and, some folks would argue, gives this ten-year-old powers that make her a "wise soul." Thank goodness for Auntie, who convinces Octobia's parents to let her live in her boarding house that is filled with old folks. That's when trouble, and excitement, and wonder begin. Auntie is non-traditional. She's unmarried and has plans to purchase other boarding homes and hotels. At a time when children, and especially girls, are "seen, not heard," Auntie allows Octobia May the freedom and expression of an adult. When Octobia starts to question the folks in her world, an adventure and a mystery unfold that beg some troubling questions: Who is black and who is "passing" for white? What happens when a vibrant African American community must face its own racism?
And, perhaps most important: Do vampires really exist? In her most and probing novel yet, Sharon G. Flake takes us on a heart-pumping journey.
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