Sunday, May 29, 2016

Review of "Bailey's Remarkable Plan"

Faith-based story of a sickly kid growing up in poverty with an undiagnosed, congenital immune disorder. Throughout his formative years, David always seems to be able to beat the odds and whatever illness is putting him down. He also develops a strong belief in a higher power, his parents, and most of all himself. David finally finds a doctor who identifies the disease he suffers from and is able to treat him. Sadly as he grows older, the treatments stop working and David gets worse. In steps Bailey, a remarkable Shih Tzu who helps David cope with his chronic symptoms. Somehow this amazing animal can sense a crisis episode before it happens and can alert David before it's too late. David has a strong, clear voice, but the style is somewhat choppy. 4 Stars

Friday, May 6, 2016

Review of "Clarence Olgibee"

Clarence Olgibee was a black kid who grew up in Ohio. Both his parents were teachers, his mother overbearing. She tried to mold her son into something he could never be. Clarence, like most teenage boys, was driven by his hormones and got a girl pregnant. He chose to run and enlisted in the Navy. Faced with prejudice and racism, he struggled in the environment. An explosion onboard the vessel he was serving on led Clarence to his most heroic act, he saved a drowning man's life. Disillusioned and desperate, Clarence became a deserter. Forced to hide for the rest of his life by his actions, Clarence died haunted by bigotry and poor decisions. Kessler's style is challenging, but his voice speaks to the human condition that still thrives in modern day America. 3 Stars