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The Fledgling Paperback – April 2, 2017
"Warlight" by Michael Ondaatje
A dramatic coming-of-age story set in the decade after World War II, "Warlight" is the mesmerizing new novel from the best-selling author of "The English Patient." Learn more
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As the book begins, Tory is being sent from her home in Portugal to boarding school in England. Her distant father has arranged for her to be accompanied on her train journey with a golfing acquaintance of his. Turns out that wasn't a great idea on the part of Tory's father, but she handles everything quite well.
I really enjoyed the characterization of Tory. Raised by elderly people, she is far too old for her age, but you sense that once she is settled in school she will have a chance to be young, but still remain the individualistic person she is.
It was penned in the 1970's and has a more genteel style, no bad language or sex. It is intense enough for an adult, but still appropriate reading for teens.