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Blue Mountain Trouble

3.2  ·  Rating Details ·  25 Ratings  ·  6 Reviews
Introducing a tremendous talent -- Martin Mordecai tells the story of twelve-year-old Jamaican twins in a lilting Caribbean voice we've never heard before.

Tucked high in the Jamaica Blue Mountains is Top Valley, home to twelve-year-old twins: the sharp-eyed (and sharp-mouthed) Pollyread Gilmore and her brother, Jackson, who's always up for (and in) trouble.

But the twins ar
Hardcover, 352 pages
Published April 15th 2009 by Arthur A. Levine Books
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Jan 09, 2010 Jane rated it liked it
I liked it. Once I got the rhythm and cadance of the language I got engaged with the story but it took me some time. I wonder how that would go for younger readers?
Canadian Children's Book Centre
Reviewed by Liz Gilbert

Martin Mordecai’s first novel Blue Mountain Trouble meanders through daily life in a mountain valley in Jamaica. Twins Jackson and Pollyread Gilmore strive to improve their family’s future through education and through their connection to a nurturing community. Penelope is a devoted student, who learns through her books, hence her nickname, Pollyread. Jackson loves the land that his father farms and wants a future that will connect with the natural world.

The plot has three
Nov 04, 2009 Lioness rated it it was amazing
Shelves: children-s
You don't always expect much from a first novel. And this was no exception. But I was amazed.
It is about 2 12 year twins, poor kids living hand to mouth in the mountains in Jamaica. Their lives are not simple though and for them in particular, they are at a crossroads. They have gone as far as they can at their local school and next year they must go to The City.
Mordecai does an amazing job bringing the whole village to life,writing almost entirely in the local dialect and making the reader expe
Jul 31, 2014 Ben rated it really liked it
This story unfolds nicely as the twins are in the nascent stages of realizing there is a grown-up world parallel to their child-like universe. The personalities are unique and well-developed, and it was enjoyable to be taken into backwoods Jamaica through the eyes of these kids. The unique setting flavors this story about how a simple life can be rather complex.
Feb 26, 2010 Anne rated it liked it
Pollyread and her twin brother Jackson are finishing 6th grade in a mountain village of Jamaica. Strange and troubling things begin to happen when a mystical goat starts appearing to them, a troublemaker squats on family land, and their mother's health appears to be failing.

Hated the writing style, lacked character development.
Sep 25, 2010 B rated it liked it
It took a while to get into the book but I really liked the story.
Canadian author about 12 year old twins in Jamaica.
Not sure if kids would give this book a chance????
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Martin Mordecai has led many lives: civil servant, diplomat, journalist, radio and television director, publisher, book distributor, and through it all, husband and father. While acting out these various incarnations he has scribbled out stories, poems, magazine articles and now, Blue Montain Trouble, his first novel.
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