Let’s Tour Medina Hill
Thursday, November 5, 2009
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Hello! I'm so glad that you have stopped by today on the "Let's Tour Medina Hill" blog tour. I am excited to shared my thougts about this book with you today and hope that you will take the time to check out some of the other stops on the tour as well.
Synopsis of the Book: (from Amazon)
In the grimy London of 1935, eleven-year-old Dominic Walker has lost his voice. His mother is sick and his father’s unemployed. Rescue comes in the form of his Uncle Roo, who arrives to take him and his young sister, Marlo, to Cornwall. There, in a boarding house populated by eccentric residents, Marlo, who keeps a death grip on her copy of The New Art of Cooking, and Dominic, armed with Incredible Adventures for Boys: Colonel Lawrence and the Revolt in the Desert, find a way of life unlike any they have known. Dominic’s passion for Lawrence of Arabia is tested when he finds himself embroiled in a village uprising against a band of travelers who face expulsion. In defending the vulnerable, Dominic learns what it truly means to have a voice.
My Review: Medina Hill is a great piece of historical fiction for middle-school aged readers. It's hard to find quality historical fiction for this age group, so I'm excited to see this one fromTrilby Kent. I think it will appeal to boys and girls alike who are interested in history. It may even convert some non historical fiction readers!
Some of the themes in this book are: friendship, family and leadership. All of these are topics that young readers, in my opinion, should be reading and/or learning about. Many times are role models are not the best, so if they are reading about it and seeing examples in books, maybe they will take something away from that to apply to their lives.
At times, the story seemed to jump around a bit, not really focusing on or developing many of the plots and characters fully. That being said, I did enjoy the book. I just wish that I could have gotten to know some of the characters better.
Lots of topics are taken on in this book and I think that middle schoolers will enjoy the historical setting, the friendships, and the way Dominic finds his voice.
Trilby Kent was born in Toronto, Ontario, and grew up in cities on both sides of the Atlantic. After completing degrees at Oxford University and The London School of Economics, she worked in the rare books department at a prominent auction house before turning to writing feature articles for publication in Europe and North America. She now lives in London, England. Medina Hill is Trilby Kent’s first novel.
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