Kathryn Erskine's first novel "quaking" captures the angst of Matt's first day in a new school, first week with a "new" family and first revelation that she (yes, Matt's a girl) is strong enough to stand up for the peace she desires. This novel, being touted as the first anti-war novel of this generation, reflects on what peace really means to teenagers today; peace on the home front, peace in the halls at school and peace in the classroom, not to mention peace in the world. It is no wonder this book with its symbolism and parallel stories has been nominated as an ALA Best Books for Young Adult Readers title. A quick read that will make you think and make you thankful.
~ By special guest reviewer, Cindy Dye