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Eli the Good by Silas House
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Jan 03, 2012

it was amazing
Read from January 03 to 04, 2012

I love Silas House and I love this book. Though it is supposedly a YA book, I agree with other readers that it is full of complex and hard issues that are more appropriate for older young adults (perhaps high school) than grades 5-8. I cried last night when I read the ending. Silas House is one of my all time favorite authors. Such beautiful writing. I especially love how his characters have strong relationships with the natural world and with each other, without either being forced. I realized partway through the book that I, like Eli, was 10 years old in 1976, though he was growing up in the South and I was in the far north. That made the book even more interesting for me. This morning I am still picturing that hot summer at Eli's house by the Refuge River.
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