Rebirth by Debbie Brown

By Debbie Brown
181 pages – ages 14+
Published by GMTA Publishing on December 4, 2012

Aleksei didn’t know how it had happened. He didn’t even know WHO did it. Although he suspected it was aliens who were attacking the town. And he was trapped in some rubble from a building. He had lost all hope when two brothers, Mitch and Jamie, found him and dug him out. They hid and were able to steal an abandoned Jeep (all the humans abandoned town). They drove out of the town and picked up more kids they found along the way. The other kids were Krisztina, Ally, and the baby, J.J. The group of kids drove outside town into a park with hot springs and caves. They set up a shelter and lived there. They realize they are alone. They have no parents to help them and aliens all around them.  The kids have to get along, stay hidden in the caves and somehow manage to survive. until they came…

The Boxcar Children is one of my favorite series from when I was littler. I loved to read how the kids worked together. I especially loved the first book where the kids had to survive out in the woods in a boxcar and avoid being captured. I remembered getting very involved in that story. So why am I talking about the Boxcar Children? I felt the same way reading this book! I think it’s kind of a cool dystopian Boxcar Children book… only with aliens! 🙂 The kids live in the woods with no adults… But then the aliens come and… Nah. Not gonna tell. 😉 I LOVED this story! Ms. Brown’s writing style had me on the edge of my bean bag chair while I was reading it. The characters were great and they all had different personalities. The only problem I had with the book was the amount of cursing in it. I reviewed another great story Ms. Brown wrote, Amethyst Eyes (see my review HERE), and it didn’t have all the cursing. I think the cursing in this book could have been changed for younger kids to read. 🙁 That was upsetting. The ending of the book was awesome and like Amethyst Eyes, there is a great message in the book about why we should care for our environment. I recommend this book to kids 14+.

I give “Rebirth” 4 out of 5 bookworms.fourbooks

To learn more about Ms. Brown and her books, please visit her website HERE.

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25 replies

  1. Great review Erik. Sounds like a fun book, especially if it’s similar to the Boxcar Children. Thanks for noting the swearing, always nice to be aware of such things before deciding to read a book.

    Paul R. Hewlett

  2. I really appreciate that you don’t like swearing, Erik! Children’s books don’t need it. Unnecessary even for older kids, as we some of us are at pains to ensure that good, expressive language is learned and spoken. Sounds like a really cool book, otherwise.

    • Thank you Dr. Clune! All books don’t need it, although I can understand it in books where the time is a time where pretty much everyone sweared (I am glad most authors don’t write swear words, because a bunch of people swear today…). It still isn’t good, though. 🙁

  3. This may be just the incentive I need to read THE BOXCAR CHILDREN and then this book, of course.

  4. You know, I put an award-winning YA book down yesterday because I got tired of all the nasty language. This sounds like a compelling story, but I’m with you and Ms. Clune on the swearing.

  5. Thank you for the wonderful review Erik, and I appreciate the comments about Mitch’s language. As I might have told you in the past, when I write, the characters take on a life of their own. Before anyone goes too far thinking he talks like a salor, it’s sh..and da… but I should have either had Aleksei call him on it, or better yet, have Jamie try it, giving Mitch a reason to cut it out on his own. (even better)
    I do not like books with foul language, but for the younger kids, even this would be a bit much. I for one did not allow my children to use even that kind of language.

    The second Amethyst Eyes is almost done, and rest assured, it is as clean as the first.

    I have never read the Boxcar Children, now I will have to look into it.

    Thank you, again, for taking the time to read and review my book.

    Debbie Brown

  6. Great review, Erik. I remember my 5th grade teacher a loooooong time ago reading us a book called Baby Island. It had a bunch of shipwrecked kids and little babies surviving after a shipwreck. Sounds like this could be similar, but quite a bit more sinister.

  7. Great review Erik! My kids haven’t read the Boxcar Children, but I have seen them. I’ll definitely have to check them out now. It’s too bad about the bad language. If it’s normalized in books, kids think it’s ok to emulate that behaviour. I appreciated the author’s repsonse in her comment above. I do think that if the offender had been called out on it in the text that it would have been an appropriate solution. 🙂

  8. Thanks for this review of what sounds like a great book (except for the cursing), Erik! I also loved The Boxcar Children! And I love that this book kept you “on the edge of your beanbag chair” – that’s no mean trick 🙂

  9. Hi Erik. Nice review. I am glad you did not let the swearing slip by without a word. I appreciate the author’s statement that the characters took on a life of their own, yet under who’s guidance did those lives develop? I think in some ways that was a cop-out.

    That being said, the story sounds intriguing. I think I will check it out but close my eyes when Mitch starts swearing. 😳

    • Ha Ha – close your eyes when he swears! I think what Ms. Brown said when she should have had another character tell the one swearing they shouldn’t is a cool idea. The story is really good and I think you’d like it. 🙂

  10. I enjoyed how you very quickly formed associations between other books you’ve read to this one. lots of dystopian/sci fi/fantasy novels – i find that i have greater affinity towards them than the traditional formulaic YA love triangle thing. 🙂


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