Out any So when Elodee and Naomi s mom gets a job working for the village f Eventown they simply cannot believe their luck Eventown s the kind Unbroken Circle: How to Take Your Family Through the End Time of place where you can get a fresh start It s where the neighbors all get together to make you a recipe boxf delicious things you couldn t burn r ruin if you tried Where the kids in school never tease you Where the sunsets are miraculous and the stars if it s at all possible shine brighter than anywhere you ve ever been At first Elodee is swept up in the joy f living in such a place but as time goes n she begins to see ddities Why does her yard have weeds when no ne else s does Why do the ther kids act so aghast when she tries a different s s recipe And why Tajweed Rules for Qur'anic Recitation: A Beginner's Guide (Tajweed Rules, oh why can t Elodee just give in to the place and be happy here It takes a lot to live in Eventown so what Elodee needs to determine is whetherr not it s worth it in the end Childhood utopias automatically come Selling to VITO the Very Important Top Officer: Get to the Top. Get to the Point. Get to the Sale. outfitted with built in weirdness It s partf the deal Hogwarts had a snake in the basement Willy Wonka s chocolate factory had a peculiar tendency to knock The Reformation (World History Series) off small visitors You get the drift These locations have a natural fantasy component that taps into a child s ultimate desire magic chocolate etc Less common is the ideaf a perfect town Even so it s there When I was a kid I d write short stories about a little town where I could make up all the families and characters There was a comfort to it Think f what Harriet M Welch is doing in at the beginning f Harriet the Spy And I think Haydu s being very clever with this book because what s truly fearful about Eventown is its seductiveness Remember that line in the musical Into the Woods that Little Red Riding Hood sings about the wolf Nice is different than good Going to Eventown is like a crash course in nice vs good And the problem with nice as a whole bunch Ask Me Nicely: Dark Urges Book One of us know is that it can be weaponized in the fight against truth Reading the book I was intrigued by how the creepy elementsf the tale sneak in at a glacial rate So much so that I found myself silently chanting Come n ther shoe drop man drop Drop man drop Drop it does but in slow motion Need a novel for 9 12 year Signs in the Heavens: A Jewish Messianic Perspective of the Last Days Coming Millennium olds that epitomizes the very definitionf foreshadowing Meet my little friend here It knows that some Daddy Lost Me At Poker (Eroticulture) (English Edition) of the most effective horror comes from the people we love the most Elodee s whole family has drunk the Eventown Kool Aid without so much as a blink but she doesn t see that for a long time Instead she has to encounter what I considerne Orb: A Tale of Alien Pregnancy of the most frightening conceptsf all time Loving patient kindness combined with insane actions resulting in the kind Witchopoly of villainy I ve never really seen in a children s book before The adults in this town aren t passive aggressive so much as they re completely dedicated to horrible inanities Let s put it this way You can t help but like a book where the foreshadowing centers around a town s lackf library Or even better the horror Dear Chandler, Dear Scarlett: A Grandfather's Thoughts on Faith, Family, and the Things That Matter Most of what it becomes Honestly not since The Great Gatsby has a library been as muchf a lie as the Asesinato en una Lavandería China (Fondo Editorial Tierra Adentro one found here What happens to the town library will strike many kids as an unspeakable crime It s a very clever meansf turning kids against the notion f comfort and stability at any costAs I read I kept finding natural connections to this book Certainly in terms f cinema this book is pure Eternal Sunshine f the Spotless Mind meets Pleasantville In terms f children s books the tie in is Orphan Island Beyond Time Travel - Exploring Our Parallel Worlds: Amazing Real Life Stories in the News (Time Travel Books Book 1) on that later I was even remindedf that moment in A Wrinkle in Time where Meg confronts It and must parse the difference between eual and the same But when I really sat down and thought about it the best euivalent to this in a lot Boarding House of Hunks of ways is Aldous Huxley s Brave New World It might as well be Elodee saying I d rather be myself Myself and nasty Not somebody else however jolly Or Ifne s different ne s bound to be lonely And ultimately the perfect uote for it all Actual happiness always looks pretty sualid in comparison with the vercompensations for misery And Bec (The Demonata, of course stability isn t nearly so spectacular as instability And being contented has nonef the glamour The Further Mishaps of Charlie Chumpkins of a good fight against misfortune nonef the picturesueness f a struggle with temptation r a fatal verthrow by passion r doubt Happiness is never grand Huxley said it first but it s nice to have something n a younger level for the kids Eventown is the perfect gateway drug for Brave New World later n I mean this might be an Our Planet: Our Home out there idea but is it possible that this book is a metaphor for what it feels like to have depression Elodee is constantly having to defend herself against the accusationf not trying to be happy Her sister says You re making something easy so hard Here s how Elodee thinks Kakoong, Pahlawan Pulau Awan Vol. 8 of it instead There s a grip in my heart and Naomi s right here but she feels a million miles awayn a whole ther planet and she gets to be there with Mom and Dad and I m stuck here n my weird little planet all alone I want to explain all Journeys of Frodo: An Atlas of J.R.R.Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings of that to her but every time I try to explain what is making me feel unsettledr weird all I do is get further and further away When her sister tries to cheer her up with guilt which in my experience always works so very very well it says I try to make Naomi grinning at me enough to make me grin too I am trying so so hard All throughout the book Elodee has to deal with a world where she feels like she s the nly ne who has to try this hard It s a deeply lonely experience and I couldn t help but think f people with depression who have to deal with concerned friends and family members who say unhelpful things like Why don t you just get ver yourself and Why don t you want to be happy Like Elodee says they try so so hard but ften that s not the issue The real issue is deep and buried In the case f this book literally so Again the book that I kept thinking about the most as I read this was Orphan Island by Laurel Snyder In both cases you have a mysterious location therworldly ccurrences and a girl A Stepdaughter In Heat (Daddy Daughter Sex Stories) on the cuspf teenagerhood with whom the world does not sit well Both live in kinds f utopias There the similarities stop though In Orphan Island things start to go. Fix everythingIndeed life in Eventown is comforting and exciting all at nce Their kitchen comes with a box f recipes for Elodee to try Everyone takes the scenic way to school r work past rows f rosebushes and unexpected waterfalls On blueberry picking field trips every berry is perfectly ripeSure there are.
I m not a huge elementary reader but I absolutely LOVED Corey Haydu s EVENTOWN It starts as a typical upper elementary read so its hidden depths prove all the profound Tragedy devastates ur main character Elodee s family so when Elodee s mom gets a new job moving seems like it ll fix everything Welcome to Eventown A place where all the houses look the same the air always smells like roses and blueberries grow year round Where everything seems like the perfect summer day At least n the surface A dark secret lurks beneath the vine covered homes Every person who moves to Eventown has a session at the Welcoming Center After telling your stories including the scariest most embarrassing your memories are locked away Never to be recalled But would you sacrifice your memories if it meant you could forget the most painful parts f your life What s the price for perfection From the description you can tell EVENTOWN is basically a junior Stepford Wives On steroids The beginning is a little choppy but as Elodee s family enters EVENTOWN the story uickly picks up pace Like Stepford r its many counterparts Elodee is initially infatuated by the town s seeming perfection But soon she notices something amiss beneath EVENTOWN s impeccable exterior Why are there nly three flavors f ice cream Why is the library entirely filled with blank books As with most elementary books the writing is simple However the plot isn t The unnamed tragedy isn t revealed until the very end and lemme tell you it ll leave you SOBBING Seriously THE FAULT IN OUR STARS is child s play compared to EVENTOWN Even writing this review makes me a little teary As a side plot Elodee and her twin sister Naomi growing apart is nicely explored Their differing attitudes toward Eventown is a great metaphor for their developing separation As you come f age you may be different from your twin r friends and that s kay Summary A must read I love this book for its intriguing cover and review by Rebecca SteadIts truth about family and sisters and sorrow and its truth about family and sisters growing apart because f sorrow Dad s sighs were particularly accurateIts portrayal f an easy world perfect for a fresh start Baking and blueberries and ice cream and s s and faded freckles and a rose but that would not be tamedA slow reveal The Age of Treachery of what the tragedy was and how the eerily idyllic Eventown workedview spoilerThe storiesf ur lives good bad and ugly verlapping and smashing together and being vital to who were are hide spoiler I am a huge fan The Catcher in the Rye and Philosophy of The Someday Suitcase by Corey Ann Haydu so I was thrilled that she shared an ARCf her newest book Eventown with BookPosse This middle grade novel will publish in February 2019 so you will have to wait a while to get your hands Seven Sisters New Quilts from an Old Favorite on it but I promise it will be worth the wait We meet twin sisters Elodee and Naomin their last day in their hometown Bike Mechanic: Tales from the Road and the Workshop (Rouleur) of Juniper Things have been difficult for their family for a while something terrible happened and now they are sad all the time Their parents decide to move the family and they pick a small idyllic place called Eventown Everything seems perfect in Eventown the food Elodee cooks tastes better than it ever has before her father s rosebush from Juniper flourishes her mom is finally happy and shy Naomie feels right at home Unfortunately Elodee is having trouble assimilating A visit to the Eventown Welcoming Center is guaranteed to help Elodee fit in with everyone else Unfortunately her visit is cut short and after that day things start to go a little haywire in Eventown Elodee starts uestioning Eventown s perfection The beautiful library is fullf books with blank pages The delicious ice cream shop nly has three different flavors There is nly When a Man Loves a Woman one song in allf Eventown How can a place be perfect when everything and everyone is the same I must admit that I was a bit frustrated with this book when I was a 100 pages in and still had no idea what awful thing had happened to Elodee s family We know that it was something sad that upended the family s lives but we have no clue what happened to make them feel the need for a fresh start I was desperate to know what trauma they were trying to escape and I was getting angry that it seemed like I was never going to find ut I was just being too impatient because we finally learn about their tragic past in the most perfect way This book would not have been as powerful if Haydu had chosen to reveal their loss at the beginning r even middle Keep From Falling of the book By waiting until the endf the book we feel the family s loss even Haydu s newest novel shows readers that love is messy but that messy can be beautiful and necessary Our emotions are not isolated we can be happy and sad at the same time Sometimes we need to revisit events from Catalogue the Insanity our past even if they are sad to appreciate what we have in the present This novel presents valuable life lessons the importancef remembering the past and appreciating differences in a very accessible way for middle grade students Eventown is a must add to classroom and school libraries Every year various dictionaries and encyclopedias try to determine what the Word f the Year is and every year they make some pretty good choices Here s ne that I don t think they ve done yet but that s been Shrek on a lotf minds anyway Discomfort There s been a lot f talk about it lately particularly in terms f the value Look Alikes Jr. of uncomfortablevaluable conversations I am personally a person who tends to avoid discomfort at all costs and my privilege is that I can tooften do so Only because I live in this age and this era f America can I see where avoiding the messiness f living in this world is potentially dangerous not to mention irresponsible So to the year 2019 I hand this middle grade novel In Eventown by Corey Ann Haydu you ll find a marvelous defense Architecture for the Shroud: Relic and Ritual in Turin of messiness mistakes and uncomfortable conversations We all want to run away fromur problems but it s like that Collecting and Exhibiting Computer-Based Technology: Expert Curation at the Museums of the Smithsonian Institution old phrase says Be careful what you wish for It happened in the past It hurt Now Elodee s family is in pain Her father her mother her twin sister Naomi and Elodee herself all feel burdened by something that they can t even talk ab. The world tilted for Elodee this year and now it’s impossible for her to be the same as she was before Not when her feelings have such a strong gripn her heart Not when she and her twin sister Naomi seem to be drifting apart So when Elodee’s mom gets a new job in Eventown moving seems like it might just.
Wrong because the heroine uestions the way things are and that s a bad thing In Eventown things start to go wrong because the heroine uestions the way things are and that s a good thing In both books she dares to uestion the world In He Remembers the Barren onlyne book does that choice go well Why do these books ring The Early Girl Gets the Blood Wolf oddly true with kids Because in the real world adults withhold pertinent information from their children all the time This is not necessarily a bad thing since there are many things in this world that kids just aren t ready to know I guess the rootf it is to a certain extent intent Are you keeping kids in the dark because it protects them Diary of a Library Nerd: An Erotic Diary of One Woman's Metamorphosis or because it protects youI wouldn t thinkf this any The Stonemere Park Breast Essays: From The L.C.T.F. Archives of this if it weren t for Haydu putting it all together so well There s a patience to her writing She must have had so much fun thinking up exactly how much fun to make Eventown The different flavorsf ice cream the delicious green strawberries the waterfalls the gigantic blueberries the butterfly house the copper cooking euipment all Let the Wolf Howl of it Her book burns slow butnce things start getting weird it speeds up considerably like weeds spreading in the night I liked a lot The Resistible Rise Of Benito Mussolini of how she chose to phrase things like when Elodee thinksf herself as a tiny cozy ball f limbs Or when the dad says Love has a lot to do with imperfections which may as well be the theme f the book itself The Blue Guide New York only partf the book that didn t uite gel with me came at the end I liked where the book went but and this is a funny thing to say it felt too tidy Not messy enough There was satisfaction there but I think it needed just a hair f a conclusion There s a big discovery words are said words are listened to and then we re utta here The mom especially does a turnaround that didn t feel real to me I needed a little thought there Kids would probably not agreeYears ago there was an episode Homesick of the Radiolab podcast about a moment in history when a scientist truly believed he might have found a way to remove select memories from people s brains The scientist was then flooded with desperate reuests from people around the world These people were begging him to remove the painf the past from their brains This connects for me to the moment in this book when it starts to rain When that happens some A Criminal Affair of the neighbors gout Sangue Derramado of their way to express pure fury at Elodee s family It s very much a casef them essentially saying Your discomfort is reminding me f my discomfort We want so very much to find urselves a blank slate f some sort No bad past no fearful future And kids the age f the readers f this book already have a sense f this Some f this book s readers will have encountered fearful horrible terrible things in their pasts Some f them will encounter these things in their futures And a bunch f them will look at Eventown even with all its flaws and want to go there in the same way that kids have wanted to go to Hogwarts for years There is no Eventown Not even Eventown is Eventown I won t tell you that s good r bad You re just going to have to read this book and decide for yourselfFor ages 9 12 Think Stepford Wives for middle graders and you have EVENTOWNIdentical twins Elodee and Naomi are uprooted to the seemingly idyllic hamlet Confessions of a Teenage Hollywood Star of EVENTOWN Narrator Elodee soon realizes that all the houses are the same down to the numberf flowers in the gardens Baby s First Dystopian This is basically like Eternal Sunshine Precious Stones: Their Occult Power and Hidden Significance of the Spotless Mind for kids As a grown up I really don t need to read another story about a supposed utopia that is actually gasp a dystopia Butf course to most child readers this will not come The Proletarian Revolution and the Renegade Kautsky off as a tired trope Too good to be true is a real thing kids Be suspiciousf anyone who tells you it s possible to live in this world without discomfort With a blurb from Rebecca Stead Eventown was a highly anticipated book for me However I found it too slow paced for its climax which hinges n a reveal f information that is Works Days only hidden becausef narrative manipulation Eventown is narrated by Elodee a sixth grader who bakes cookies for people based n their personalities She has a twin sister Naomi who likes gymnastics so much she does cartwheels almost as much as she walks They have a dad who likes to garden and a mom who not uite sure what she does The family is leaving their town f Juniper because f some sort f unspoken trauma Elodee the narrator knows what happened to her family she just decides not to tell the reader about it The family decides to move to Eventown a homogenous community that I wanted to be Eerie Indiana but is really like Pleasantville but boring Everyone is happy in Eventown and you know that because every single chapter for half the books ends with how perfect Eventown is Almost halfway through the girls are welcomed in a ceremony that s part The Giver but mostly Eternal Sunshine Heart of the Wood of the Spotless Mind Elodee then forgets the unspoken family trauma With the trauma going unspoken view spoilerthe family s transplanted rosebush takesver the town hide spoiler At first I thought I knew what was happening and then I was won t and then I was delighted Ib was pretty sure this was going to be a 3 star average book for me but the last 40 pages are really wonderful From the start I could tell this book and I were not necessarily going to get The King's Commissar on too wellThe book started by laying itn thick that something really tragic bad world tilting etc etc had happened to Bloodmage our narrator and her family I uickly got tiredf being told something awful had happened but with no story development to go along with constantly being toldIt felt like the author was trying too hard to be profoundThe big reveal ccurred too far into the story about 280 pages into a 320 page book I feel like the story would have had impact for me if I had known what it was they were forgetting instead f just constantly being told they were forgetting something Instead there was a long and kinda boring build up to the reveal and then the book ended almost immediately As far as the utopia Thinking Through Food: A Philosophical Introduction of Eventown I thought it was underdeveloped I would have loved some world building and understandingf exactly how it all workedI do appreciate. A few Making Instruments Count: Essays on Historical Scientific Instruments Presented to Gerard L'Estrange Turner odd rules and the houses all look exactly alike but it’s easy enough to explain until Elodee realizes that there arenly three ice cream flavors in Eventown Ever And they play Every Sigh, the End onlyne song in music classEverything may be “even” in Eventown but is there a price to pay for perfection and pretendin.