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Ring Around the Rosy by [Cushman, W.B.]
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The sun has broken through the inevitable hole in the Earth's atmosphere, and the only survivors are those underground during the event. Seven young people, led by a girl in a wheelchair, her nerdy high school attendant, and a boy with Down Syndrome, meet in the ruins of a private school in their hometown of Marion, Massachusetts. One finds a portable radio in a ruined basement, and the group hears the plea of the one station still broadcasting. "Please come to Rockport." So begins a journey across the length of the state, in hopes of finding the one parent who may still be alive.

About the Author

A Blogger and writer of short stories, "Ring Around the Rosy" is the author's first published novel. W.B. Cushman lives in Portland, OR with his wife, son, and step-daughter. He is a Massachusetts native and life-long Red Sox fan. A new novel, "Astoria Strange" - a collection of 11 interwoven supernatural stories - will be published in April.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 4943 KB
  • Print Length: 162 pages
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B01NCUWD47
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5.0 out of 5 stars So much more than I expected! March 18 2017
By Butch davidson - Published on
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When I saw that this book takes place in an area where I spent my childhood, I thought it might be fun to read a story with familiar settings. And it was....I even recognized some of the characters as representative of actual people in the town i.e. Marty Kobrin:-). And as I began reading, I thought to myself-Oh-a story for young adults. But I was's so much more than that. It's an adult book with adult themes that uses children as the main characters. The book forces you to think beyond the storyline. What about the environment? Could this really happen and if so, what can I do to prevent it? It makes you confront our stereotypes of people with disabilities and their limitations-oh wait-do they REALLY have any?But most of all, it's a message full of HOPE. It shows the resiliency of the human spirit, and offers us the idea that if we never give up and if we never stop believing, can "miracles" truly happen for each and every one of us? It's a great read!
4.0 out of 5 stars Water, water everywhere... March 3 2017
By Nancy Rice - Published on
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What I liked about the Book:
I like reading books set in places I know. I really enjoyed all the familiar locations. In particular, I like the route the characters choose to take on their journey. They deliberately chose a longer, less direct route, because it is near the water. There is a description of what the water means to them. Having lived near rivers and an ocean all my life, this really rang true for me. There is a real love for the sea that is bred into people living on coasts and it is well expressed here. The characters are on a journey in this book, in all senses, and I like that.
I loved the story of Marvin. I found this beautifully written and the most moving part of the book. It is at that point when I really became caught up in the story. The author shows us Marvin from Marvin’s child-eyed perspective and it is well done. He is the most moving character, for me. (I did think Matt was the best developed character and I liked him a lot.) In general, though, the characters are interesting and likeable. I started to care about what would happen to them.
Don’t want to give away any plot, but I liked all the story connected to the tube. I have never been into sci-fi, but I thought this part was plausible and well done. The premise of this book, with The Event, seemed realistic, especially in today’s world.
After a slow start, the plot moved along well and kept my interest, more than I had expected. I did enjoy the book and I recommend it.

What I didn’t like about the book:
I thought a lot of it was too wordy. I like more economy of language; I prefer Hemingway to James Joyce or Kurt Vonnegut. But that is a personal choice. Still, I think the book would be improved with fewer adjectives and shorter sentences. The author would have benefitted from a good editor. But this is his first novel and I imagine plot and language will tighten up in his subsequent works.
I thought the book got off to a slow start. It was hard to get into at first. The first volume seems weaker than the subsequent ones. Again, first novel stuff.
The ending was a little too storybook for me; too neat, too much happily ever after. The kids had solved all their first-world problems and met all their goals. I thought it was a little too easy. I guess I would have preferred more Dickensian reality.
All in all, this was a good read and I enjoyed the book. I recommend it!
5.0 out of 5 stars Rosy the Ring Leader March 26 2017
By Just an average customer - Published on
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This sci-fi march begs the question: is it a miracle or whimsy? A hint: book one ends with the odds against them but smiles on their faces. This "wicked" good story keeps the promise of an engaging quest that grabs the reader's interest from beginning to end. The reader will have a hard time putting this book down and will certainly want to know what happens to this diverse band, you will hope that that they will "live long and prosper"
Do they deserve 2nd chances? You decide that...was it a miracle..."duh"
I smell a sequel and am "looking forward to see what happens next... Matt and Rosy will "figure it out"
5.0 out of 5 stars Happy to have read this! April 4 2017
By Ash.Scott39 - Published on
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This clearly was a no brainer when I started to read this book. I felt like the characters were well written and developed by the end of the novel. The plot kept me interested until the very end, I'm happy to have read and review this novel. I think others will enjoy it too!
4.0 out of 5 stars characters were strong,interesting April 10 2017
By gcm - Published on
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I had to process this book after reading before writing a review.It took a while to get into,but,got easier and more interesting.Im glad I stuck with it.
The characters were strong,interesting and not the usual heroes.Everyone needs characters they can identify with..I think it's a great teenage book,but as much as I curse in my daily life,I don't enjoy seeing it in print(hypocrite).It was very wordy,and sentences were too long for me to read.
I would have really enjoyed an audio version.

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