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Promise the Night by Michaela MacColl
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Sep 20, 2011

it was amazing
bookshelves: action-adventure, teen-fiction
Read in September, 2011

Promise The Night is an excellent blend of facts and story telling. It's one of those books you just enjoy reading. Beryl Markham, the famous aviatrix of the 1930's, is the central character. She shared the headlines of her day with such women pilots as Amelia Earhart. But, it is her formative years in British East Africa that are the main focus of this book. She was raised on a ranch by her British father, Captain Clutterback. When Beryl was very young, her mother left the wilds of Africa taking Beryl's older brother with her back to England. Life in the harsh land of Africa in the early twentieth century was not for the faint of heart. For Beryl, however, it was heaven on earth. She bonded with the land and the people. Her father gave over her up bringing to the leaders of one of the local tribes that worked on his ranch. Beryl, although missing the closeness that should have come from her father, adapted to the life of the wild. She was accepted as a member of the tribe, learning their ways. She even participated in their hunts, which was very unusual for a girl. When she was eventually made to attend English school, she continued to show her spirit and independence, rebelling against authority. The book shows her great love for nature and the land and people of Africa. Girls aged 9-12 will especially enjoy this story of growing up in the wilds of Africa. Provided for review by the well read folks at Library Thing and Chronicle Books.
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