by Sharon Dwyer


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ISBN-13: 9781538016404
Publisher: NOOK Press
Publication date: 02/08/2017
Pages: 348
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.78(d)

About the Author

S. L. Dwyer has lived in nine different states and currently resides in Florida. An avid reader of all genres, she began writing action/adventure and drama. She is now and award winning writer for young adults. Find out more about her at www.sldwyer.com.

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Dirt 3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
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MKLF More than 1 year ago
I rarely read self-pubbed books. There is a reason writers need editors, and getting through a publisher is a form of vetting. This book is no exception. "Dirt" reads like the history essay of a college freshman who wants to avoid significant research (i.e. writing an actual essay) so turns it into a sappy creative writing exercise. It succeeds neither as historical fiction nor as an engaging story. Plot problems: No meaningful reason is ever given for the parents' suicide. The family was not starving. They were valuable members of the community. Apparently all it took to survive was growing vegetables, hunting, and making friends with the cranky old neighbor. And of course, that's part of the problem. The entire struggle was solved so easily that it makes the parents' suicide lack any sort of credence. The plot was extremely simplistic, characters were cliches (two plucky kids! an evil villain! cranky neighbor with a heart of gold! a good friend who appears from nowhere!), and the resolution saccharine.  Points at least for complete sentences and paragraphs, and characters that could almost (not quite, but almost) be compelling.