Thursday, September 15, 2011

Tink by Bodil Bredsdorff –NOT RECOMMENDED

Bredsdoff, Bodil Tink (The Children of Crow Cove Series), 144 pgs. Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2011 . $12.40. (Language-G, Violence-G; Sexual Content-G.)

Tink is a young boy living in Crow Cove, who made a mistake , a mistake that has effected everyone in his community. Now all they have to eat is a dwindling supply of potatoes.
When he decides to run away, he find an injured man, Burd, who teaches him how to fish. Now he can make up for all the food shortage problems he caused. Not everyone in Crow Cove wants to see Burd, and Tink will have to come to a place where he can reconcile his growing friendship with Burd and the misbehavior of his alcoholic new friend.

As part of a series, I don’t think this book would function well as a stand alone. I might have been able to sort through the many characters and plot holes (filled by previous books –if you have read them), but an elementary student would have a harder time. Seeing as how it is pretty drab and boring to begin with (very few descriptions of place or characters and a slow plot with lots of random characters), I am not sure I would recommend it –even with the presence of the series.

Elementary –NOT RECOMMENDED Reviewer: Stephanie MLS graduate.

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