Spotlight on A List of Cages by Robin Roe, Plus Review & Giveaway

Spotlight on A List of Cages by Robin Roe, Plus Review & Giveaway

Today we're spotlighting Robin Roe's novel, A List of CagesRead on for more about Robin and her novel, plus a review, and giveaway!

 

Meet Robin Roe!

Robin Roe has a bachelor's degree from Cornell University and a master's from Harvard. She counseled adolescents in Boston before she moved to Dallas, Texas to run a mentoring program for at-risk teens. This is her first novel. 

 

 
Meet A List of Cages!
 

When Adam Blake lands the best elective ever in his senior year, serving as an aide to the school psychologist, he thinks he's got it made. Sure, it means a lot of sitting around, which isn't easy for a guy with ADHD, but he can't complain, since he gets to spend the period texting all his friends. Then the doctor asks him to track down the troubled freshman who keeps dodging her, and Adam discovers that the boy is Julian--the foster brother he hasn't seen in five years.

Adam is ecstatic to be reunited. At first, Julian seems like the boy he once knew. He's still kind hearted. He still writes stories and loves picture books meant for little kids. But as they spend more time together, Adam realizes that Julian is keeping secrets, like where he hides during the middle of the day, and what's really going on inside his house. Adam is determined to help him, but his involvement could cost both boys their lives.

First-time novelist Robin Roe relied on life experience when writing this exquisite, gripping story featuring two lionhearted characters.

 

 

Review provided by Kim Baccellia:

A List of Cages 

Adam Blake is excited that he lucked out with an easy elective class in which he serves as the aide to the school psychologist. Then he finds out that one of the students he’s supposed to help is Julian, a former foster kid he hasn’t seen in five years. Julian is quiet and ‘different’. Adam remembers him though as his reading buddy in elementary school. Other kids made fun of his learning disability but Adam caught glimpses of a very bright boy and encouraged him. Then Julian’s parents die and he goes to Adam’s house. Only a so-called relative shows up and Julian is gone. Adam doesn’t hear about Julian until now. Adam wants to help Julian. He finds that there are many mysteries about Julian like how he’s out of school a lot and very secretive. Only when Adam includes Julian into his inner circle of friends, does he realize how much he wants to help Julian. But by getting close to Julian he ends up finding a terrible secret. One that might put both of their lives in danger.What worked: Page turning tale that shows the power of friendship and how love does conquer all. I’m a huge fan of books that show protagonists with ADHD and other sensory issues in a positive light without all the clichés and stereotypes. Adam has ADHD but he’s the one that is the leader of his friends and someone that everyone, including Julian, look up too. He also doesn’t let his diagnosis of ADHD hold him back. He’s smart, funny, talented, and a great friend to everyone.Julian has dyslexia and I think some kind of sensory impairment issue. It doesn’t help that his parents had died as they were the one source of support in his life. His abusive uncle ends up raising him. The scenes where Julian shows readers how he feels invisible are painful and very sad. I wanted to hug him. Adam’s friendship cracks open the shell Julian has around him. These scenes are haunting and powerful.There’s so much to love about this novel which includes how powerful love and friendship are to those who feel abandoned and lost. Also it shows how you shouldn’t give up on someone if you think that friend might be in an abusive situation. It takes courage to stand up for someone in that kind of situation. But by standing up and being a true friend, you might save a life.Powerful, courageous story with two characters that stand up to insurmountable odds and end up saving each other.

 

 

A List of Cages

By: Robin Roe

Release Date: January 10, 2016 

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Comments 16

KM on Friday, 09 December 2016 12:15

I've been waiting for this book for so long!

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I've been waiting for this book for so long!
Kara S on Friday, 09 December 2016 15:03

This sounds like a rich and rewarding read that will prove memorable. Thanks for this opportunity! Cheers, Kara S

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This sounds like a rich and rewarding read that will prove memorable. Thanks for this opportunity! Cheers, Kara S
Tiffany Engler on Friday, 09 December 2016 19:16

This sounds and looks like such a great book!

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This sounds and looks like such a great book!
Asteria on Saturday, 10 December 2016 20:31

The cover is simple yet beautiful and the synopsis makes me even more eager to read this. I've been waiting for this to come out.

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The cover is simple yet beautiful and the synopsis makes me even more eager to read this. I've been waiting for this to come out.
John on Saturday, 10 December 2016 20:49

I thought the cover was full of vitality, and the synopsis was as good as any I've ever read.

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I thought the cover was full of vitality, and the synopsis was as good as any I've ever read.
Kristy Petree on Sunday, 11 December 2016 11:51

First, I love the cover! The synopsis sounds very good, like a great story and also very touching. Thanks.

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First, I love the cover! The synopsis sounds very good, like a great story and also very touching. Thanks.
Dianna G. on Monday, 19 December 2016 17:22

I've pinned the cover -- sounds like a really powerful story. The cover doesn't really evoke those compassionate feelings, though.

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I've pinned the cover -- sounds like a really powerful story. The cover doesn't really evoke those compassionate feelings, though.
Donia Eskander on Thursday, 29 December 2016 21:27

The cover is very pretty, I really want to read this after reading the synopsis.

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The cover is very pretty, I really want to read this after reading the synopsis.
Nadine S on Monday, 02 January 2017 07:54

This title is fascinating as school paperwork often has lists of what the teachers should do but often the recommendations alienate or cage the student even more. This is going on my TBR list for sure!

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This title is fascinating as school paperwork often has lists of what the teachers should do but often the recommendations alienate or cage the student even more. This is going on my TBR list for sure!
Linda Moffitt on Tuesday, 03 January 2017 22:59

Great Review Thanks for sharing sounds like a good read

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Great Review Thanks for sharing sounds like a good read :)
Danielle Hammelef on Thursday, 05 January 2017 19:18

I'm not sure how the cover fits the synopsis, but I like it. This sounds like a fun book to read with all it's secrets.

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I'm not sure how the cover fits the synopsis, but I like it. This sounds like a fun book to read with all it's secrets.
Aireanna Lesch on Thursday, 05 January 2017 19:52

This cover is gorgeous!! Can't wait to get my hands on this book!!

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This cover is gorgeous!! Can't wait to get my hands on this book!! :D
Nancy Hernandez on Friday, 06 January 2017 20:42

I love the cover and the story will probably make me cry, this just from reading the synopsis.

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I love the cover and the story will probably make me cry, this just from reading the synopsis.
Adreana on Saturday, 07 January 2017 15:01

The premise just sounds so amazing! The cover is cute but I have feeling the story is gut-wrenching

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The premise just sounds so amazing! The cover is cute but I have feeling the story is gut-wrenching :)
Pam Flynn on Sunday, 08 January 2017 15:53

I love the cover which makes me want to go outside and look up at the stars. The synopsis peaked my attention.

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I love the cover which makes me want to go outside and look up at the stars. The synopsis peaked my attention.
Penny Olson on Sunday, 08 January 2017 17:50

I love the cover. It's striking. I am really interested in the story too.

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I love the cover. It's striking. I am really interested in the story too.

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