Too often, in young adult novels the characters have it too easy: they are white most of the time. They rarely have to think about how their parents a...moreToo often, in young adult novels the characters have it too easy: they are white most of the time. They rarely have to think about how their parents are going to pay for something; money is just there. They usually live in the first world. Their parents are often not in the picture; they’ve checked out, somehow. In too many YA novels the characters have only the slightest of conflicts, antagonists or problems.
None of that is happily true of The Milk of Birds. In this double narrative/ epistemological novel about Nawra, who lives in a displaced refugee camp in Darfur, Sudan and K.C., who lives in Richmond, VA. K.C.’s mom signs her up to be part of a fictional pen pal program, Save the Girls. K.C. can’t read or write much when she begins the program. But with her friends’ help, her Mom’s help, and a computer program, she gets by. She also begins a help Darfur program in her high school and community. Nawra is illiterate.
Nawra is pregnant for much of the year and doesn’t/ can’t tell K.C. about from shame. (view spoiler)[ She was raped by a gang of Janjaweed over a period of weeks, yet blames herself. K.C., Save the Girls workers and a Truth and Reconciliation team help her to understand it wasn’t her fault. (hide spoiler)]
This is a wonderful, amazing book that I hope gets the wide readership it deserves. The girls in it face real issues, that they conquer to become powerful young women. I bought this book because it was on the new and noteworthy shelf at my local independent bookstore. I’m so happy to have found and read this terrific book. ["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>(less)
I have read the The Walking Dead, Compendium 1 & The Walking Dead, Compendium 2, and all but the most recent of the novels set in the Walking Dead universe. I also watch the tv show, for all that they are different, in specifics, in general, they are both about a group of people uniting to survive the zombie apocalypse. The Walking Dead tv show is filmed and set in Georgia, the books don’t need sets and go further afield. (I’ve also read twice and listened to the both audio versions of World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War.)
This is set in Nyack, Newburgh, Hudson, Ellenville, she sets up a clinic on Bannerman Island. She sets up a clinic, because besides being an excellent zombie killer, she’s a crack shot, she’s a doctor, a specialist in infectious diseases, before the stuff hits the fan. She is Dr. Rebecca Truesdale. And while she’s smart and tough, when she goes off alone, she inevitably has to be saved by her ex, his buddies, or the local gang.
Why haven’t more people heard of this fun book? Why hadn’t I heard of it before it hit the half- off rack? Why is this the first review here?
Bought on a clearance table at a local independent book store just north of the Hudson Valley for $6.99. (less)
Cardiff is hosting the Welsh Amateur Operatic Contest and singers' throats are being cut and their voice boxes stolen with surgical precision. Captain...moreCardiff is hosting the Welsh Amateur Operatic Contest and singers' throats are being cut and their voice boxes stolen with surgical precision. Captain Jack, Gwen and Ianto from Torchwood take over the investigation, with Ianto volunteering that he sings and could be bait to the thing coming from the Rift. It was going along nicely and in character until the faeries took my baby/ changeling/ (view spoiler)[autistic child resolution. (hide spoiler)]
I bought this novel at my local sf/f book store on 5/11/14 for $11.99. ["br"]>["br"]>(less)