Cyclone

Cyclone

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Nora's whole world plummets faster than the Cyclone roller coaster when her cousin Riley falls into a coma that Nora thinks is her fault in this warm, big-hearted debut middle grade novel from #1 New York Times bestselling author, Doreen Cronin.

Riding the Cyclone, the world famous Coney Island rollercoaster, was supposed to be the highlight of Nora's summer. But right after they disembark, Nora's cousin Riley falls to the ground...and doesn't get up. Nora had begged and dragged Riley onto the ride, and no matter what the doctors say, that she had a heart condition, that it could have happened at any time, Nora knows it was her fault. Then, as Riley comes out of her coma, she's not really Riley at all. The cousin who used to be loud and funny and unafraid now can't talk, let alone go to the bathroom by herself. No, she's only 10% Riley. Nora, guilt eating her up on the inside worse than a Coney Island hotdog, thinks she knows how to help. How to get 100% Riley back. But what Nora doesn't realize is that the guilt will only get worse as that percentage rises.
Publisher: New York : Atheneum Books For Young Readers, [2017]
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9781481435253
1481435256
Branch Call Number: J
Characteristics: 336 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
Additional Contributors: Sfetsios-Conover, Debra

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Lucyisawesome
Jan 28, 2018

LOVED this book! Some areas were a bit heavy, but it is written really well and there are helpful, playful footnotes on most pages.

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darladoodles
Jan 27, 2018

I have loved all of Dorren Cronin's other books and was looking forward to reading her debut middle grade novel. She chose a very serious topic to tackle -- a teenage girl named Riley suddenly has a stroke after riding a roller coaster. Her cousin Nora manipulated her into joining in on the ride and the book follows her as she struggles with the changes in Riley, the long recovery and most of all the guilt.

The book shows quite accurately the stress that family relationships endure in times of crisis and how past hurts bubble up to the surface. There is some helpful explanations on the dynamics of triangles that I believe would be very helpful to preteens especially.

What I did not like was the way the f bomb (even pictured on Riley's word chart) and the word fuzz were liberally sprinkled throughout by both adults and Riley especially. This is not a book I would give to a tween to read without supervision, if at all.

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orange_eagle_377
Nov 04, 2017

Actually one of the funniest books I've ever read. Good read. kind of an emotional story when it's kind of all crashes down because of a simple roller coaster.

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muffinpopcorn
Sep 30, 2017

Very much enjoyed this book . Goes to show a person " should not " jump to conclusions , that's how miscommunication and wrong ideas , perceptions get formed . Would recommend this book.

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Curvy2009
Jul 29, 2017

This is a very good read. It has an amazing story about the bond between cousins. Though I may never ride a rollercoaster again, the book was really good.

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Lucyisawesome
Jan 28, 2018

Lucyisawesome thinks this title is suitable for 12 years and over

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orange_eagle_377
Nov 04, 2017

orange_eagle_377 thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 12 and 40

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PCT
Jul 15, 2017

PCT thinks this title is suitable for 12 years and over

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orange_eagle_377
Nov 04, 2017

btw PCT there is no cuss words she never says the actual word dumb

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PCT
Jul 15, 2017

Coarse Language: Some mild swearing as well as f-bomb often being written

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