Bauer, A.C.E., Gil Marsh, 171 pgs. Random House, 2012. $15.99 HC. Language- PG (4 swears), Mature Content- PG (short scene with underage drinking), Violence- PG (mugging).
Gil Marsh is a modernization of the ancient epic of Gilgamesh. Set in an American high school, it tells the story of Gil and his best friend Enko, and the life-changing journey Gil goes on after Enko unexpectedly passes away. GIl makes many bad decisions but in the end takes away a valuable lesson.
The book is short and easy to read. It does a good job of re-telling an ancient story in a modern way. Gil goes on quite a journey in the 170 page book and that left me wanting a little more detail in some scenes. Gil’s motivations and obsession aren’t explained well, but that wasn’t enough to ruin the book. IT kind of felt like a Gary Paulsen novel with a little less quality. It will work well for low-level readers (but they will need help with the French, or they can skip the words like I did).
MS, HS – OPTIONAL Reviewer: BLM.