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Shine: An original short story featuring characters from Small Great Things by [Picoult, Jodi]
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Shine: An original short story featuring characters from Small Great Things Kindle Edition

4.7 out of 5 stars 9 customer reviews

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 694 KB
  • Print Length: 41 pages
  • Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton (22 Nov. 2016)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B01KLLE92C
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars 9 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #5,389 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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By Bex TOP 500 REVIEWER on 24 Nov. 2016
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I can't wait to read Small Great Things after this. Its thought provoking, it made me furious and it made me realise a few things too. There's no higher compliment to a story, and author, than to be able to say it evoked emotions in you you didn't realise you had, and it raised important questions. A story that makes you think is a story worth your time.

This short novella is exactly that. It introduces us to Ruth, her sister Rachel and her mother, alongside some secondary characters at Ruth's new school. You see she has been enrolled into a school formerly only filled with wealthy white children. So she stands out. And so the bullying unfolds.

The fury I felt from some of the ideas posed in this novella proves just how special it is. I didn't expect to become so engrossed by barely 40 pages. It is intended to make you want to read the larger book of course, to introduce you to the key characters, but ultimately it's given me this burning desire to find out what happens to Ruth. I have to know her story.

Picoult rarely fails to make me emotional by forcing me to connect with characters - I often read the blurb and feel I might be disappointed by them but I rarely am. I definitely recommend this short novella as an introduction to Picoults writing, some important questions and some interesting characters. An easy five stars for me.
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By Ajoobacats TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 4 Dec. 2016
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I read about this prequel novella from Jodi Picoult's webpage, where if you produced a receipt that proved purchase of her latest novel Small Great Things, you could download this for free. Unfortunately I had originally read the book from a Netgalley pre-release download and despite having seen Jodi speak and obtained two autographed copies of Small Great Things, still did not have the required receipt for a free download of shine, so purchased it out of curiosity.

The novella focusses on Ruth's childhood and how she adapts to her new school with Christina and the confusion she feels as a child about their friendship. As interesting as it was to read after I had already finished Small Great Things, it really didn't add anything much to Ruth's story and for me personally was a little disappointing.

If you have read Small Great Things, I don't think this adds anything but if you are undecided about reading Small Great Things this is a small introduction to the character of Ruth.
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This short, easy to read novella provides an excellent insight into the main character of Jodi Picoult's new novel, Small Great Things. As always Jodi's writing technique allows you to understand the depths of the person, giving you the opportunity to appreciate the character in a more meaningful way
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Shine is a prequel to Small Great Things, the 22nd full length novel by American author, Jodi Picoult. Eight-and-a-half year-old Ruth Brooks has just started at a new school. She loves learning, especially about the stars. She’s the only black girl at the prestigious Dalton School; she’s there on a scholarship, and she’s smart. But even though no one is openly racist, it’s still there.

Ruth’s mother, Lou works for Ms Mina, and Ruth’s best friend is Mina’s daughter, Christina. But at school, Christina is different. Ruth isn’t included. Her teacher, Ms Thomas is always kind and inspiring; her classmates are not; her older sister Rachel opens her eyes to reality; her Mama is fiercely supportive. An excellent taste of Small Great Things, an excerpt of which is included
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I am a huge fan of Jodi Picoult and I grab her books as soon as they are released. I was excited to read this novella but disappointed to realise that it was released on the same day as the book Small Great Things. It would have been nice to have this one as a teaser before the release of the main book but I read this and then moved straight onto Small Great Things anyway.

This book follows Picoult's usual style with alternate chapters from different character’s POVs. In this book, we are introduced to Ruth. Ruth is a young black girl and she has been enrolled into a school predominantly filled with wealthy white children. This means that she is different from the other children and we learn how the other children and Ruth deal with this.

I was immediately captured by the story and was interested to see how it unfolded. I would have like more information and background on the characters but I appreciate that in 40 pages, the novella gave me what a novella is supposed to give; an introduction and teaser into a bigger story. As always, Picoult raises some serious issues and make you think about how you would (and do) handle situations in your own life.

I love Picoult’s writing, style, characters and the way she makes you question your own beliefs and this novella is no different. I absorbed it in one sitting and moved straight onto Small Great Things.
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