Night School

Night School (Jack Reacher, #21)Night School by Lee Child

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

It’s about time that Lee Child brought Jack Reacher back to his Army days!

The year is 1996 and Reacher is in the Army. He is given a prestigious medal and then sent to “school.” His school appointment is witnessed and things are mysterious. When he arrives, he realizes it’s not school but an undercover assignment with one CIA operative and one FBI operative, men who were recently honored with distinction. They are given wide resources to solve a problem, a puzzle, with discretion. Frances Neagley plays a role in this book. 🙂

Reacher is an aging character. For Jack to do what he does best – bringing well deserved justice to all he meets at the advanced age of 58(?) – will not be feasible much longer. The series will need to branch out, either with other characters or with Reacher at different ages, which Child has done in the past with success.

Thank you, NetGalley, for this ARC in exchange for an honest review.

The Seventh Wish

The Seventh WishThe Seventh Wish by Kate Messner

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Charlie is a smart, kind, industrious, talented seventh grader who finds a magic fish while ice fishing with some neighbors. The fish doesn’t want to get caught and offers a wish to the person who returns it to the lake. Her first fish wish kind of gets mixed up, a sort of miscommunication with the fish, Charlie guesses, and she decides to be more precise in her future wish making. 🙂

The book description says “Charlie feels like she’s always coming in last.” Yep. When she has something planned that involves her family’s help, her event gets put on the back burner. That’s what happens time and again. And it happens before her older sister’s addiction problem begins. As a parent, this makes me want to scream. I could think of at least two solutions to the first problem the family had with Charlie’s schedule and commitment. Why didn’t her parents work this out with her? It also involved another student and her schedule. This can be realistic family life, however, that priorities get messed up and problems are not worked out.