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The First to Fall by Carol Galusha
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Jun 29, 2012

really liked it
Read from July 09 to 12, 2012

Carol Galusha does some wonderful story telling with this novel. The story is immediately inviting, each of the children characters are so real and reading them is so much fun. Each of the girls especially have such different personalities and they are so well expressed on paper. This book is much like her first, "The Same Birthday" in that the story follows a group of people from childhood to adulthood, and even some death.

This novel is so easy to read. The interactions between the characters, as well as the events that are taking place around them make the novel flow very well. In fact, there are a few topics that are brought up in this novel that are very important, such as equal rights and illegal activities. She does well at giving the reader a full picture of Elkhart, as well as Chicago, but the paces match the cities. The majority of the story is told in Elkhart and is slow, but not in a bad way. The pace takes its time and there are many stories. However, when the story turns at the end to Chicago, the pace quickens and you can get a sense of what Ellen felt; everything went by so fast in Chicago.

As far as stories, this novel is packed. The children tell all sorts of stories about their childhood and things that occur. Dance halls, the poem of the swing, church fires, etc. There is plenty of page-turning action and emotions that will keep you reading until the last page. The novel also ends well, in the beginning the end is told and then the actual end of the novel ties it all back up very well so the story is full and complete.

This would be a great novel for young adults, that is the audience it was intended for. There are so many topics that could be used for discussion, and in fact most if not all need to be discussed. It is also an easy read, there is nothing too complex or tricky about it. I highly recommend this book if would like to just read something fun and moving.
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