Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Safekeeping by Karen Hesse

Safekeeping by Karen Hesse was published n 2012. Hesse not only tells the story, but she also walked the route that Radley takes in her escape from a disfunctioning America to Canada. Hesse took pictures along the way to illustrate Radley's story.

This book has a lot of white space, 90 photographs, and larger text size. These things combined with a 720 Lexile measure and a topic for older teens make this a good hi/low book - just right for readers who are still getting their bearings in the book world.

Radley has flown home from a trip to help orphans in Haiti because the President of the US has been assassinated and the country has been plunged into riots, chaos, and martial law. Radley has not heard from her parents, so she leaves Haiti to find them.

When her plane lands, she finds a very different US than what she left. Her cell phone is dead, her debit card no longer works, people cannot cross state lines without travel papers. As she travels the east coast to her home to try to find her parents, she encounters many dangers.

I read this book in one sitting as I wanted to know what would happen to Radley. The changes in Radley from the beginning of the novel to the end are profound. This book makes me thankful for angels disguised as human who help those in need.

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

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