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In a world surround by water three stories collide. Orphans Kinchen and her younger brother, Pip, live on an islandI received a free ARC from Penguin.
In a world surround by water three stories collide. Orphans Kinchen and her younger brother, Pip, live on an island sometimes visited by the moving mass known as Raftworld. The King of Raftworld wants to use Pip and his ability to talk to fish to find his way home. In another time and place, twins Venus and Swimmer are living in bondage on a slave ship set for Jamaica. Siblings Thanh and Sang are on a small boat trying to escape war-torn Vietnam in an ocean filled with storms and pirates.
Each story spans time and genres. A Crack in the Sea can be classified as a historical novel with fantasy elements or a fantasy novel that melds history. Centering on children of color and their experiences with oppression - slavery, war, kidnapping, use and abuse - this book subtly highlights the damage done to children of lands occupied by colonizers where the only safe place they can see is the sea.
A Crack in the Sea is a solid four star book. It is a middle grade novel that could be paired with The Giver series or Akata Witch, depending on the reader's skill level and imagination.
topics: slavery, war, supernatural elements, siblings, white author writing poc...more
The Girl of the title lives with her ma in a place she calls The Castle, an old abandoned mill. The GI received a free ARC of this title from Penguin.
The Girl of the title lives with her ma in a place she calls The Castle, an old abandoned mill. The Girl needs to stay out of sight less the authorities take her away again. Throughout the day she spends time hunting down the sounds in the Castle, watching the world outside, and cheering her mom on as she tries to collect enough coins to pay for their meager needs. One day, two men in orange vests show up, eyeing the neglected mill for a new real estate development.
The Girl reminds me of Bun from "The Misery of Bun O'Keefe." Like Bun, The Girl is sweetly naive and doesn't seem to realize the wretchedness of her surroundings. The Girl is an indeterminable age. These two books would be a good pairing regarding homelessness and parental mental health. The Girl in Between works to bring humanity to those who live with unstable housing.
Moments in this book are lyrically beautiful, such as when The Girl describes the couple who walk to work together each morning. The Girl's observations are what propelled me to give this book three stars. It is also these observations, dreamy and innocent, that hint at the truth of The In Between Girl, an answer to a question some may miss on first reading.
Topics: homelessness, gentrification, addiction, grief and loss...more