Tuesday, November 13, 2007

check it out! books

If you liked The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime you may also enjoy Kiara Brinkman's debut novel, Up High in the Trees. There's no mystery here really, but the novel unfolds as a mystery would; all the information comes through Sebby, the 8-year-old narrator who is struggling to come to terms with a family tragedy. Because Sebby suffers from an Asperger's type illness his sensory perception of the world is sharply focused, which is believably rendered in his narration. His "feelings" come across in letters that he regularly writes to his teacher. This is a sweet, simple novel that has a few definite flaws (why isn't anyone paying more attention to this family's unravelling?) but it's also a quick and satisfying read. Suitable for teens as well as adults.

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