I am so late to the party with this book – Where the crawdads sing by Delia Owens. So many friends have read it and loved it – I don’t know anyone who said they didn’t enjoy it.
Kya has lived alone in the marshes on the North Carolina coast since she was small. She didn’t learn to read or write until she was a teenager but her knowledge of the marshes and her talent in documenting the birds and shells around her is as extraordinary as her resourcefulness in finding food.
Two teenage boys come into her life and the imprint they leave on both her heart and life is lasting.
This is Owens’ debut novel but she has written non-fiction books as a wildlife scientist, and her observations of Kya’s marsh life was written with an authentic and poetic tone.
It is never too late to read a popular book!
I’m planning on reading Newbery Medal winner Hello, Universe by Erin Estrada Kelly, a middle-grade novel with Mr 11. I loved it – a story about four children who cross paths one day early in the summer holidays. The characters were unique – my favourite was Kaori, a fortune-telling psychic of a girl. She has one client, an anxious and shy boy called Virgil with a storytelling grandmother. Virgil has one school class with Valencia, a fiery deaf girl. Then there’s Chet, a basketball-playing bully. And let’s not forget Virgil’s guinea pig, Gulliver. While the ending was a little predictable, I’d have followed these quirky characters anywhere.
Two books from the US – enjoy!