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Book Review – Where the Crawdads Sing

Cover image for Where the crawdads sing / Delia Owens.

By Delia Owens

Kya is abandoned as a child by everyone who should love her. She’s left alone in the swamps of North Carolina, aged seven, where she finds solace in the intimacy of the marsh around her and learns to fend for herself. Kya grows, falls in love and wrestles with loneliness. She comes of age, uses her biologist’s heart to publish beautiful nature encyclopedia. We learn from the first chapter that there’s a death in the town and we know that Kya will stand accused of murder. As the timeline weaves together we have grown to love, and be protective of our hero, regardless of the outcome. It’s clear from the beautiful prose that Delia Owens is intimately familiar with the environment of which she writes, and indeed she has a background as a wildlife scientist. Something she uses well in her Kya’s observation of nature, “Autumn leaves don’t fall, they fly. They take their time and wander on this their only chance to soar.” Part David Attenborough/Toni Morrison/Harper Lee and Barbara Kingsolver this book is beautiful and much deserving of the attention it’s getting.

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Book Review – Lenny’s Book of Everything

Cover image for Lenny's book of everything / Karen Foxlee.

By Karen Foxlee

I read this book because my eleven year old handed it to me, tears flowing down his face, saying, “Mum, you have to read this!” so, of course, I started it immediately. Lenny is a young girl with a big, curious mind and a younger brother, Davey, who will not stop growing. The family win a competition where they receive installments from a locally published encyclopaedia. Lenny and Davey pore over every detail, hungry for knowledge. Their single mother, Cynthia, who has anxiety, does her best to provide for her children and it’s interesting to read about her from Lenny’s perspective. As their encyclopedia collection grows, so does Davey, and Lenny learns that knowledge can’t fix everything, and that love really does encompass everything. Warning, bring the tissues!

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