Friday, July 22, 2016

Diamonds in the Shadow by Caroline B. Cooney

If you like suspense, Caroline B. Cooney knows how to keep you on edge. In her novel, Diamonds in the Shadow, she keeps you guessing almost until the end.

The only negative thing I can say about this book, is that I hope it wouldn't give people ammunition to say we shouldn't help refugees. This book shows the what if of a person receiving asylum when they shouldn't have.

This book will make you question the motives of yourself and others. It will show you how important it is not to judge.

The Finch family whose church is sponsoring the Amabo family, knows that four people will arrive, two parents, a son, and a daughter - four people who have seen horrific things, which means this book is definitely for older teens. It mentions rape, murder, child soldiers, mutilations, and other horrors of war. They have no idea a fifth refugee is also on that plane, and he wants to find the four.

Jared Finch begins to notice that the family doesn't act like a family. They don't look alike, and they treat their daughter like she doesn't exist. He wants to know what is wrong, but he is trying not to judge. Having the Amabos in their home may put them all in danger.

This fast paced book with a lexile of 750L makes it a good HI/Low choice for older teens - High interest, lower reading level.

Read to a child today even if that child is you. 

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