The Roar: A Summer Reading Project
By: John Bach
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Who is Emma Clayton?
Emma Clayton was born June 11, 1968 and is a British children's author. Her father was a Royal Air Force Officer, so Emma moved a lot as a child. The Roar was published in January of 2008 and The Whisperer in 2012 by Chicken House Press. The Roar is set in a dystopian society in the future. The Roar was nominated for the Carnegie Medal in 2009, has won the Yorkshire Coast Book Award and was selected for the USBBY 2010 Outstanding International Books Honor List and the 2010 Texas Lone Star Reading List.
While in school, Emma Clayton was interested in the Arts. However, she dropped out of school at the age of 16 because she didn't want a traditional career path. In her late teens, she trained as a field archaeologist, a freelance illustrator, and then returned to school in her mid-twenties where she studied film and screen writing. She wrote her first novel at the age of 26, which was right after the birth of her daughter.
Ellie is a 12 year old girl that was kidnapped when she was very young. She has the power to hurt others with her mind- telepathy. Ellie hurts Mal Gorman when she is pulled up by the tow boat after her escape. Ellie is smart, resourceful, and she loves animals. She is resourceful when she steals the police pod in the end of the book to escape with Mika. Ellie loves animals because she will do anything to save Puck the monkey, like when she begged for Mal not to hurt him. Ellie's goal is to reunite with her family.
The characters in this book are very unique and are all gifted. Most of the characters in the book are mutants. What amazed me about the characters was that they had extraordinary powers that you wouldn't even expect in a Marvel Movie. The thing that I did not like about the mutants was that they were forced to use their powers for evil. Mika, the main character in the book, is very amazing. What I like about him is that he always follows his heart and he is always right. His instincts told him that Ellie was alive and also told him that drinking the fit mix would be wrong. The thing I don't like about him is that sometimes he didn't listen to his instincts, which made him have more problems in the end.
The book overall was great, but there were some parts that I would have changed to make the book a little better. The thing that I didn't like about the book was the ending (don’t worry, I won’t give the ending away). I felt like the book didn't really end, and there needed to be more pages to read to fully understand the ending. The thing that made up the confusion of the ending was the plot. The plot was very detailed and interesting, and filled with twists and turns. I can't wait to read the next book in this series, The Whisperer!
Themes Found in This Book
Bravery: Go out of your comfort zone to do what you think is right.
Survival: Do what ever it takes to stay alive.
Family: Family sticks together no matter how far apart they are.
Who Should Read This?
Kids ages 10-15
Anyone that liked The Hunger Games