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Not all promises can be kept. Four-year-old Eiryn doesn’t understand why her mother left her, but she knows things will never be the same again. When Eiryn tries to call for water during her mother’s funeral, everything starts to go wrong. Her uncle is always sad; her best friend is always getting himself into fights; some of the other children hate her… Sometimes Eiryn ev ...more
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Published February 27th 2015 by Dovelet Books
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Claudie Arseneault
May 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Gosh, I love this story.

A PROMISE BROKEN is a deeply human tale of grief and love, and it is deep and soft and far-reaching in a way that reminds me of the ocean--tranquil strength, you know?

This is not a tale of wild adventure and actions. This is a sweet and anxious little girl, Eiryn, who is trying to cope with the death of her mother, and her uncle, Arén, who has to take care of her. And boy does not Arén NOT know how to handle a child, especially a grieving one, but he tries SO MUCH. and I
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Book Gannet
May 25, 2015 rated it really liked it
This book is sad and subtle and beautiful and adorable – how could it not be when the main protagonist is a four-year-old girl dealing with the death of her mother and struggling to understand the change in her life and the confusing emotions of the adults around her? Eiryn is a bright child, but she’s also very sensitive. Her moods are as changeable and capricious as any child her age, yet she also has a deeper streak of intelligence and understanding that make her compelling to read about.

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I decided to read A Promise Broken because Lynn O’Connacht is an amazing author. I’ve enjoyed her other books a lot.

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The characters are amazing. The story is told in two perspective. That of Eiryn, a little four-year-old girl, and that of Arén, her uncle. Eiryn’s voice was very appropriate for her age. Child narrators are so difficult to write well, but it was very well-done here.

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Jessie
Feb 05, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is about a very young girl (four-five years old), Eiryn, who is grieving her mother's death and is bullied both because she is biracial and because of some of her reactions at her mother's funeral.

We spend most of the book in Eiryn's POV, and it's a small stakes story. There are larger stakes in the background, but we don't fully know most of them, even when we switch to an adult POV (that of Arèn, Eiryn's trans and aroace uncle who is now her guardian). We get glimpses of the larger stakes
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Gwen
Jun 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
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If there is a word for this book, it's "subtle".

Part of it because you could call the main narrator unreliable. She's 4, and grieving, and the plot and relationships and political posturing of the adults around her are hard for her to notice and understand. And when we read from her uncle's POV we are only getting glimpses of ongoing events.

So this was a lot more active read than I expecting, putting together clues about motivations and plot and histories based on a little detail here, a single
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Amazing book on the idea of loss and family. Set in a land of magic it relates a lot to our world without being in the world as we know it.
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It's so sweet and wholesome, and I really like the worldbuillding, wish I could know more about it!
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