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Kim Reads Books About Things

I like most books, particularly children's and YA. The fact that I am 21 does not and will never hinder this, and it shouldn't. A good book is a good book is a good book. Anyway. I'll read anything I can get my hands on if the mood suits me.

The Secret River

The Secret River - Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings, Leonard Weisgard 3.5 stars.

Read the original edition from the 1950s. I'd love to see the new art in the one by the Dillons.

I could probably only really describe this book's story as "quaint" and "cute," but boy is the writing top-notch. It really elevated the story from "twee fairytale defying all logic" to "enjoyable story of minor adventure and childhood wonder." I fully believed in Calpurnia as a character, though no reveal of her age made it hard to decide whether I bought her precocity. All in all I think it's a nice little Newbery Honor book unjustly overlooked.

(Time to go read The Yearling and be sad Rawlings never wrote anything for kids besides The Secret River, I guess.)