Angels Club

Angels Club

by Courtney Vail, Sandra J Howell


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ISBN-13: 9780984558254
Publisher: CV Writer Design & Publishing
Publication date: 07/26/2014
Series: Angels Club , #1
Pages: 226
Sales rank: 863,423
Product dimensions: 5.25(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.52(d)
Age Range: 7 - 12 Years

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Angels Club 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Only read the little bit but it sounds good
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have read this novel. I really enjoyed reading this short story very much. ShelleyMA
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Daisy44 More than 1 year ago
Four stars because it did touch me emotionally; bringing tears to my eyes in certain parts. I'm all for diversity in books and have read others that did it subtly. This book knocks you over the head with it and the message starting on page one. In the very beginning paragraphs we learn the main character is Latina or Hispanic, in a relatively new school, tall for her age, and bullied. We also find out she loves horses and volunteers at a horse therapy ranch for physically challenged children (I think emotionally and intellectually challenged as well). I was ready to kick this book to the curb due to the author keeping everything so forcefully in the foreground...then in walked Angel. Angel was a rescue horse picked up for free by the ranch owners at an auction. She did not look like an angel at first, but Jacinda saw a diamond in the rough. And that's where the author hooked me. I had to find out how Angel would turn out with proper care and love and nutrition. There will be reviewers who will mark this book down a lot because it is too goody-goody. Honestly, the anti-bullying and how to get along messages really stayed right up front and in your face. I'm glad that the team did have arguments to show they were normal; the arguments were diffused a little too easily, but this is a book for middle readers. [Spoiler Alert] Overall the story was good. The only obstacles for the main characters were their arguments and tackling their emotions. There were some hitches in Angel's storyline, but even that resolved itself neatly. Almost too neatly. Much of the time I was reading anticipating the other shoe to drop. It's a trope authors like - have a nice happy family and, boom, tragedy strikes. Everytime I saw disaster coming it never arrived. The minor boom at the end dissipated quickly. That doesn't mean I wasn't touched. This story was really good at tugging at your heartstrings. Angel's transformation, Jacinda opening her mind about Tori and Posh, Emily overcoming physical limitations, Angel kiss recipient reactions, etc. You bet I was misty eyed. My one peeve is the relationship Jacinda has with her little sister, Tia. I believe Jacinda is 14 and Tia is 6. Jacinda is outright mean to her sister - won't listen to her, puts down her ideas, pushes her away from activities, etc. The behavior is typical enough of sibling behavior, but it bothers me that no one calls her on it. One thing this somewhat sugary tale does show more subtly is how every single person has it in them to be a bully with their words. With regards to Emily, even reactions and non-violent actions can be extremely hurtful. In the end, I enjoyed this book. It's the first in a series and you can sign up to get email newsletters from the author about upcoming books. Will I read more in the series? Probably not. There just was not a deep enough connection to the characters to make me have to read what happens next.
ReadersFavorite More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Ray Simmons for Readers' Favorite Angels Club by Courtney Vail and Sandra J. Howell is a whole lot of fun. This is due to the fun, sassy main character, Jacinda Gonzalez. This kid is full of life and energy that almost leaps up from the page at you and I can’t help but think that kids will connect with all that vibrant positivism. Don’t get me wrong, Jacinda has problems just like any other kid, but the response is so upbeat that I think Angels Club will result in a lot of kids' spirits being uplifted. The dedication is to the outcasts and dreamers. Nobody needs a positive boost more than these two groups. It has been a while since I read a book so well written and realistic while at the same time so bubbly. The perfect tone for kids. Jacinda is almost twelve and very cool. Just ask her. She volunteers at Sunnybrook Therapeutic Horse Farm. I have heard of using animals for therapy, but this is the first book where I've read about this and I have to say it sounds like a great idea. Jacinda cares for the horses and this isn't really a job for her because she loves horses so much, and helping people seems to be second nature to her. The hands down strong point of Angels Club is absolutely the fact that it is told from Jacinda's point of view and her “voice” is one of the most unique and dead on target depictions of a twelve-year-old I have ever read. This is a great story for kids, especially young girls, but adults will like it too - and if you are really lucky it might help you recapture the spirit of youth for a while.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Quater way through and its about horses and Angels!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I like it when i read the 1and 2sintents