Wednesday, August 1, 2012
Looking for a book for a 'tween? Try this one
Orwell's Luck by Richard Jennings. I'm a collector (and avid reader) of children's and young adult literature. Every once in a while, I feel the need to share a special one. Jennings' tale begins with a young boy finding a rabbit. It's no ordinary rabbit, however. The life lessons Orwell, the rabbit, teaches are gems. I wish this book had been available when I was a kid! Who wouldn't benefit from finding out early in life that we "learn by doing--there's no other way" or "the greatest gift we give is ourselves"? Mother's might appreciate this bit of wisdom: "Your mother needs help around the house."
It's not a new book, the copyright is 2000. That's good because you can get it in paperback. The downside is that Amazon is charging over $11 for it new. Don't despair! Amazon did have lots of used ones starting at a penny. I buy those penny plus shipping ones all the time and have never been disappointed in the condition. You might be able to get it at your library, too. My library didn't have it--as is common with older books that are not considered "classics." However, we are in a large library system, and two of the participating libraries had it. You can also get a Kindle version for $6.00.
Check it out. There are five or six reviews on Amazon and every one of them is five stars. I think it would make an great gift.