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Green Angel by Alice Hoffman
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Jan 15, 2011

really liked it
Recommended for: those who are struggling with grief
Read on January 13, 2011

This is a beautifully written book with language that flows like poetry. Green loses her parents and sister when they go into the city and there is some large catatrophic event. Green's story is about her crippling grief and her compassion for others who were wounded when the city was destroyed. She helps animals and people who in turn help her heal her wounded soul. The beauty of this book is how the events intertwine much like the vines and roses that Green tatoos on her skin telling a tale of grief and healing that transcends the narrative.

This is a deceptively brief novel. Some reviewers will think that because of its brevity it would be appropriate for younger readers. Interestingly, Booklist recommends this book for grades 7+, but School Library Journal states 9+. It is a YA book, and I recommend it for the older teens, grades 9+ because of the figurative language and symbolism found within the narrative. This book will appeal to those who like strong female protagonists and those who need to understand more about the grieving process.

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