What Norma’s Reading!

WenjackWenjack by Joseph Boyden

From Goodreads:  An Ojibwe boy runs away from a North Ontario Indian School, not realizing just how far away home is. Along the way he’s followed by Manitous, spirits of the forest who comment on his plight, cajoling, taunting, and ultimately offering him a type of comfort on his difficult journey back to the place he was so brutally removed from.
Written by Scotiabank Giller Prize winning author Joseph Boyden and beautifully illustrated by acclaimed artist Kent Monkman, Wenjack is a powerful and poignant look into the world of a residential school runaway trying to find his way home.”

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Review by Norma: Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell

Eleanor and ParkEleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Date read:  December 31, 2016 to January 2, 2017

I remember my first love and boy does this bring back some memories! ELEANOR AND PARK by RAINBOW ROWELL is a feel-good story containing some heavy material which was sometimes an emotional read. Definitely worth another 5-star rating from me. My first 5-star read of 2017!

The copy that I have is an Exclusive Collector’s Edition with fan art. The art is featured on the endpapers and is quite complimentary to Eleanor and Park and helps to envision the characters and the mood of the book. Very nice touch!!!

This book was chosen to read by me solely on who the author was. Cover, title and synopsis did not come into play on this read. Usually I go into a book blind so the synopsis of a book doesn’t necessarily come into play in most of my reviews. That is why I usually don’t do a summary of the plot.

I thought that the cover and title of this book was very fitting and complimentary to the characters and the setting of this novel. I don’t read very many young adult books as I sometimes fear that the story can have a more juvenile feel to it but that was not the case here. I was really impressed with the way that RAINBOW ROWELL delivered this story as it flowed really well and was very realistic depicting the story about young love. It was an honest and believable portrayal of teenagers first love which was well written and executed with addicting dialogue.

The story was told in alternating voices of Eleanor and Park and I was totally caught up in both of their stories. They were both likeable and enjoyable characters with each of them having their own quirky ways to them which made it a fun read. Special mention to Park’s mom as she was such a cute addition to this story!

I can’t say that I was totally full-filled with the ending as it was an open to your own interpretation but I think that the author might re-visit these characters in the future. I am hoping so anyway!

To wrap it all up it was a feel-good and fun read which was entertaining, enjoyable, quick and easy to follow along, and a fast-paced read. Would recommend!!

What Norma’s Reading

News of the WorldNews of the World by Paulette Jiles

From Goodreads:  In the aftermath of the American Civil War, an aging itinerant news reader agrees to transport a young captive of the Kiowa back to her people in this morally complex, multi-layered novel of historical fiction from the author of Enemy Women that explores the boundaries of family, responsibility, honor, and trust.

Captain Jefferson Kyle Kidd travels through northern Texas, giving live readings from newspapers to paying audiences hungry for news of the world. An elderly widower who has lived through three wars and fought in two of them, the captain enjoys his rootless, solitary existence.

In Wichita Falls, he is offered a $50 gold piece to deliver a young orphan to her relatives in San Antonio. Four years earlier, a band of Kiowa raiders killed Johanna’s parents and sister; sparing the little girl, they raised her as one of their own. Recently rescued by the U.S. army, the ten-year-old has once again been torn away from the only home she knows.

Their 400-mile journey south through unsettled territory and unforgiving terrain proves difficult and at times dangerous. Johanna has forgotten the English language, tries to escape at every opportunity, throws away her shoes, and refuses to act “civilized.” Yet as the miles pass, the two lonely survivors tentatively begin to trust each other, forming a bond that marks the difference between life and death in this treacherous land.

Arriving in San Antonio, the reunion is neither happy nor welcome. The captain must hand Johanna over to an aunt and uncle she does not remember—strangers who regard her as an unwanted burden. A respectable man, Captain Kidd is faced with a terrible choice: abandon the girl to her fate or become—in the eyes of the law—a kidnapper himself.

 

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Thoughts by Brenda: Little Black Lies by Sharon Bolton

Little Black LiesLittle Black Lies by Sharon Bolton

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

December 27, 2016 to January 01, 2017

Little Black Lies is a character driven story of a friendship destroyed by a tragic loss caused by one character’s negligence resulting in overwhelming grief, guilt, anger, and revenge. The story is written in three parts, told by three suffering and lost characters explaining their course of events which occurred over six days. I love how this gave me understanding from each of their own perspectives of their pain and suffering, past and present. The bit of history of the war, the good description of the island, and the reality of nature of the whales all added to the story.

I thought this to be a clever, unpredictable and interesting story with a brilliant ending.

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