Truth time: I’m revising my original review. I read this a few weeks ago and when I first finished I was disappointed. My opening line was, “I really wanted to like this…” Because I felt like it had been unfocused and a little unfinished. Originally I wrote, “To be fair there are a lot of merits to this story but it felt like two different stories merged into one.” Then it hit me out of nowhere and unavoidable: DUH that was its point!! Different stories, different voices; messing up and learning. Alex Gino writes a brilliant novel shining a light on racism while also creating a voice and for another juvenile fiction minority: the deaf community. The multiple story lines reflect our ability (and often inability) to emphasize, learn, and better understand one another. There’s a lot more in this novel and it isn’t a completed story; but maybe that’s also the whole point- that there’s SO much in these stories and it’s only the beginning of listening to them, telling them, and learning from them.
For Ages: 8-12 yrs. old
For Those That Liked: The Parker Inheritance, Ghost Boys, The Miscalculations of Lightening Girl