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Friday, May 25, 2007

Off the Shelf 0607-22

The Whole Sky Full of Stars
By Rene Saldana, Jr.
© 2007

Though not a particular fan of boxing, gambling, or restoring old cars, I was fascinated with the story of Barry and Alby. Barry and Alby’s friendship is tested when Alby falls victim to gambling with thug-like cardsharks and manipulates Barry into entering a boxing match. The action is fast-moving and the intricacies of the culminating event are exposed in detail.

As with many stories, the action is simply a lens for underlying themes of reality. This one is no exception with its exploration of friendship, family relationships, and the meaning of truth and honesty. Saldana intertwines all elements well and though it is a short book I did not feel short-changed with character development.

My recommendation: 4 out of 5 stars
Submitted by M. Coleman, Media Specialist

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