Life Beyond Words
March 2012 / 0310729734
Historical Fiction / Tweener / Religious
by Willie Elliott
has written a book that is out of the ordinary on two counts: each
chapter is introduced by a quote from an Emily Dickinson poem and
the author is a teen writing for people in her own age group.
The story starts
slowly as Alcyone is faced with problems that many young people
face-an absent father and a mother with strange ideas and facing
a terminal disease.
At first an
adult reader might ask, "Why all the drama?" However,
the targeted group will relish reading each of the episodes.
how to create an unlikable character. It would be hard for anyone
to classify her as such for most of the novel. But the reader should
hang on as the author brings the story to a satisfying climax. Contrived?
Somewhat, but yet a strong and believable ending.
Girls in their
teens and preteens will find this book satisfying.