Parent of a 10 year oldWritten byJavier S.January 3, 2017
Beautiful words but emotionally challenging
I read this with my 10 year old daughter and found that some of the topics were very far out of scope of learning, not to mention of her experience. I see this book for a teenager. One who has heard and talked about war and the devastating impact it has on people, society, nature and families. It is not an easy read for ten year old. Much less to comprehend.
This book features some pretty devastating and violent deaths and maimings of main characters and their families through beatings and land mine explosions. Think red mist. There is also a side story about a woman who has killed a man in war.
I do not think this is suitable for 10 year olds and I regret not reading it first which is often my habit, before giving it as a gift to my 10 year old. Your mileage may vary.
Love, loyalty and unexpected friendships in an otherwise cruel world
The three key characters - Pax (the fox) Peter (the boy) and Vola (the enigmatic war vet) - leap off the page and stay with you long after you've closed the back cover. Vola is a tour de force and the best bit of the book is the central part and the relationship bewteen Vola and Peter. A challenging and exciting read for an emotionally mature and able reader, perfect for a good age 10/11 plus reader. The Librarian, Bea is a tiny figure but beautufully described and the Library is a small but significant beacon of hope in a world where people and animals alike are caught up in a destruction they themselves don't understand.