Wynne-Jones, Tim The Emperor of Any Place, 324 p. Candlewick Press, 2015. $17.99. Language: R (40 swears, 11 “f”); Mature Content: PG-13; Violence PG-13;
Evan has a great relationship with his father. However, he has no relationship with his grandfather Griff, the former Marine who fought in the Pacific during World War II. When Evan’s father suddenly dies, he finds a manuscript about two soldiers, one American, one Japanese who were both stranded on the same island in the Pacific. There’s also his dad’s accusation that his grandfather is a murderer. As he reads the manuscript and is forced to accept Griff’s assistance in settling his father’s affairs, Evan embarks on a journey of discovery. Did Griff truly commit murder as a Marine and will he ever understand the mystery that ties the manuscript to family secrets?
I liked this story. The chapters set back on the island were interesting and were a great foil for the modern storyline. Language receives an R Rating for excessive swearing. Mature content receives a PG-13 for alcohol consumption, some sexual
innuendo and references to male parts of anatomy. Violence rating is PG-13 for war violence, killing and dried blood, although the actual “killing” was done off-page.
HS – OPTIONAL. Reviewer: AngieW