*This local (Minnesota) author has become one of my favorite for novels published for adults. I was excited when I saw that he had a new novel out in the world. I chose it for my BBC (Boy's Book Club). The reading was a complete pleasure.
What It Is About - FIVE Things You Need to Know:
1. *William Kent Krueger takes the reader back to 1932 in Minnesota at the Lincoln School.
2. *The Lincoln School is not a school where children should end up, but unfortunately many children, including Native America kids, find themselves living and enduring the hardships.
3. *Odie and his brother Albert have lived at the school for many years, but after a series of events have been forced to flee. They take with them a friend named Mose and a young girl named Emmy.
4. *The four of them escape during the dark of the night and make their way across the "tender" land of Minnesota with a goal of making it to St. Louis.
5. *They not only need to look forward as it what obstacles they may find, but also need to stay one step ahead of a couple of evil school leaders; who have made it their mission to get the four of them back.
What I Thought Of It - Five Observations/Reflections:
1. *After a year of reading middle-grade picture books and novels for my Charlotte Huck Book Awards Committee, I was excited to open the pages of a novel published for adults.
2. *As soon as I began, I knew I was in for one heck of a read. And I was right!
3. *I so enjoyed the journey these four young people took. The writing was so spot-on that I felt like I was right by their side.
4. *The surprises, twists and turns, and suspense; kept me on the edge of my seat and turning page after page. I so enjoyed the time when I could really devote quite a bit of time and really appreciate the story.
5. *The characters, plot, and setting were all authentic and compelling. One of the best novels I read during the past year.
Who Should Read It:
*This work of fiction should be experience by all adult readers. I can't imagine any reader not enjoying this wonderful tale of friendship, exploration, and salvation. Happy Reading!
Rating: 5 STARS out of 5 Stars