Wednesday, September 4, 2013

The Returning by Christine Hinwood - ADVISABLE

Hinwood, Christine  The Returning, 302 pgs.  Dial Books, 2011. $17.99.  Language: PG 13  ( 1 swears, 1 "f"); Sexual Content: R, Violence: PG 13; 

After a bloody war between the Uplanders and Downlanders, Cam Attling returns to his village of Kayforl, but nothing is the same.  In this Printz Award winning novel, we are introduced Cam's world and multiple characters whose lives intertwine amidst the struggle to rebuild and move forward after the war.  

Expertly crafted, The Returning is a complex read certain to challenge mature young readers.  Hinwood creates a beautiful natural world that serves as the backdrop for two nations learning to unite after generations of division.  A character list at the end of the book helps to keep the characters straight as the reader becomes familiar with the world of the story.  After a few chapters, it becomes clear how the characters are connected, which compels the reader forward.   


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