I received numerous emails before I flew home to Indiana for my book tour a couple weeks ago. One really caught my eye.
A former manager of mine mentioned her 7th grade daughter, Megan, wouldn't stop raving about Salted. Megan loved the book so much that she chose to write a review.
I asked if Megan wouldn't mind giving me a copy to read. She did and it's awesome! (I even convinced her to autograph it for me!)
So, without further ado, here is 7th grader Megan T.'s review of Salted.
*There are some spoilers below so if you haven't read Salted, consider yourself warned*
Salted by: Aaron Galvin
A book review by: Megan T.
Former Indiana Hoosier, Aaron Galvin is not just an author; he is also an accomplished actor. Galvin has worked on several movies, including; Christopher Nolan's 'The Dark Knight,' Clint Eastwood's 'Flags of Our Fathers'. He also co-wrote and executive produced 'Wedding Bells & Shotgun Shells'. Salted is the first book in the series, the second being Taken With A Grain of Salt, which is currently being written. Salted is a realistic fiction novel.
Okay, there is a lot of 'main characters' in this book. A few are; Leonard "Lenny" Dolan - a dwarfish Selkie whose Salted form is a small, fat Ringed Seal. Garrett Weaver, who thinks he's a regular high school senior until he finds he can transform and see things regular "Drybacks" can't. Kellen Winstel, who isn't quite sure what he is anymore. And Chidi, who is Henry's property, literally, she's his slave. Chidi's Salted form is a female Ribbon Seal (she's classified as a Silkie).
This group of slaves, their profession is Catchers, consists of: Chidi, Ellie, Lenny, Paulo, Racer, Oscar, the main slave owner's son, and Henry, Chidi's owner. The Catchers are on a mission to capture the Uncatchable Silkie runner (escapee) Marisa Bourgeois. This trip takes them to every aquarium in the United States, and a gas station, and a jail, and the Indianapolis Zoo.
You may be asking yourself, where do Garrett and Kellen become involved? Garrett and Kellen go to the same high school, they're both seniors. Kellen, two of his buddies, and a freshman presume to be gay, helped beat up Garrett. Then, Kellen carried him to the pool and he began a prank called "twelving." (Twelving is when you drag someone to the bottom of the twelve foot section of the pool and keep the person there until they pass out). Garrett passed out okay, but there was a problem. Garrett was all of a sudden really heavy and Kellen couldn't budge him. Kellen drowned, kind of, but Owens jumped in and saved him. Garrett and Kellen both survived (Garrett because he's an Orc...)
"Daar is Altyd'n Keuse" (There is always a choice) was said by Silkie runner Marissa Bourgeois (pg 72). The team uses this motto throughout the entire rest of the middle and end of the book. This quote could be applied and interpreted in tons of different ways. But I think the team uses it as a beacon of hope. (That they ultimately, always have a choice).
Lenny starts out as a lean, mean runner catching machine. Throughout the book, eh becomes more aware of the meaning of the motto "there is always a choice." In the end, he helps two team members, Racer and Chidi, and seven soon-to-be-slaves, escape. He knows that one day he might have to chase them down and bring them back.
I'm supposed to use one word to describe this book but there isn't just one theme. There's persistence, courage, freedom, truth, loyalty, and teamwork. They were persistent in their chase, their team need to be (and they were) loyal, courageous. Chidi needed to be truthful when she translated for the team. They continuously restored and stole people's freedom.
Salted was an exciting, interesting, and sit-on-the-edge-of-your-seat-and-chew-your-nails-because-you-can't-put-the-book-down-suspenseful, descriptive novel. Be prepared to stay up late if you read it! I wouldn't change a single thing about this book. I was so immersed that their world became my reality.
I would honestly recommend Salted by Aaron Galvin to a general audience of thirteen years and up. Some twelve year olds could also enjoy this book. I give this book five out of five stars.
Megan T., you rock.
Thanks for writing such an incredible review and being a fan.
2/8/2023 05:14:38 am
Thanks for sharing the article, and more importantly, your personal experience of mindfully using our emotions as data about our inner state and knowing when it’s better to de-escalate by taking a time out are great tools. Appreciate you reading and sharing your story since I can certainly relate and I think others can to
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