Friday, October 21, 2016
Review: "A Bird, a Girl, and a Rescue"
Come and join eleven-year-old Kiisa as she goes to boarding school in Africa, deals with the many challenges of school, bullies, and friends, meets a wagtail bird who can talk, becomes engaged in rebel attacks and kidnapping, and takes her part in a dramatic rescue.
This is what the reader will find in J. A. Myhre’s second youth novel, A Bird, a Girl, and a Rescue. As one reads through the action packed-novel, which is based on historical facts, the reader get a feel for life of a young person in Africa and learns terminology of the area – a handy glossary is at the end of the book, which is well illustrated by Acacia Masso.
While enjoying the story and a place likely different from one the reader has experienced, he or she will be confronted with the theme that he or she may be where he or she is “for such a time as this” – which for biblically literate readers will ring a bell.
Might it not be that you are where you are because you are needed to be there to accomplish something?
This is a very enjoyable book and can lead to fruitful discussions about one’s purpose and value in life.
[I received this book free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This review appears on my blog and on Amazon.com.]