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Summer of Dreaming, by Lyn McConchie Book Review | SFReader.com
Summer of Dreaming, by Lyn McConchie Genre: YA Fantasy Publisher: Banana Oil Books Published: 2010 Review Posted: 6/14/2013 Reviewer Rating:
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Summer of Dreaming, by Lyn McConchie
Book Review by SJ Higbee
Have you read this book?
I'll be honest - I don?t much enjoy reading books in PDF format. If I
had an e-reader that meant I could curl up on the sofa, it would be
great. But I spend most of my working day at the computer - sitting at
the darn thing to read a book seems a bit too much like a busman's
holiday. So when Summer of Dreaming popped up on the computer, I wasn't
exactly rubbing my hands with glee at the prospect of reading it.
Deciding just to give the first chapter a go before going off to bed,
seemed a sensible option, however-
I was still sitting at the computer screen a couple of hours later,
absolutely hooked. No way was I going anywhere until I'd finished this
delightful YA adventure novel set in New Zealand.
Thirteen-year-old Jo's best friend is Rangi Jackson, a Maori boy from
the neighboring farm - which is a big problem for her grandmother and
Rangi's great-grandfather, who hate their friendship. When questioned
about their hostility, they are both very tight-lipped - but mention a
feud stretching back in time. Up to this point, it hasn't been an
issue, but when ill health forces Grandmother to convalesce during the
summer at their farm and Jo finds herself sneaking off to meet up with
Rangi, the pair decide to get to the bottom of this mysterious incident
that has caused such enmity between their families.
Their investigation into their family histories is interspersed with
daily events on the isolated sheep farm. McConchie's fluid prose deftly
draws us into this rural corner of New Zealand, giving us a taste of a
very different lifestyle, without letting the pace or tension slacken
one jot. Told in first person through Jo's viewpoint, one of the main
strengths of this book is the spot-on characterization of the main
protagonist, who jumped off the pages and grabbed my attention from the
first chapter and didn't let go until I'd finished the book. While she
ensures that there is nothing too graphic, given the target readership's
age-group, McConchie isn't afraid to confront her audience with a
brutal scenario that didn't end happily ever after for those caught up
Do I have any niggles? Well, I'm not too sure about the title. It
makes the book sound less adventurous and action-packed than it is. It
would be a crying shame if young readers didn't pick it up because the
title didn't appeal.
All in all, Summer of Dreaming is a thoroughly accomplished, entertaining read - and not just for the intended age group.
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