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This is an excerpt from Caroline Starr Rose’s book Blue Birds. I thought I would share some things I noticed about this book, things that made it different from any other book I have read.
It is a story told from two different points of view. The first being from Alis, a young girl from London who has traveled with her father and mother to the New World. The second point of view comes from Kimi a young Native American girl, who is part of a tribe that hates the English. As you might guess by looking at the book cover, Alis and Kimi get acquainted and become secret friends.
Should either of their families find out about their friendship, disaster would spell.
This book as you might have noticed from the excerpt is written entirely in verse. It’s not the first book I’ve read in verse. Some of the others that I can think of off the top of my head are, Out of the Dust by Karen Hesse, The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate, and Inside Out and Back Again by Thanhha Lai.
But, what made this specific book different from all the others, was that it wasn’t written in quite the same way. It was slightly unpredictable, you weren’t sure what was going to be said next. I find the way it was written kept you paying attention. It kept you reading on, and on. I finished the entire book in couple hours and it’s 400 pages long.
Though I read and really enjoyed all of the books I mentioned above, and they were all good in their own right, Blue Birds was just different, and a good different.
It is always refreshing to read a new book that is not quite the same style as every other book you’ve read over the past few months.
I would definitely recommend this book to almost anyone!