- File Size: 334 KB
- Print Length: 141 pages
- Publisher: Skyscape (February 28, 2012)
- Publication Date: February 28, 2012
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B005Y0BYA6
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Not Enabled
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While I did enjoy reading how the author wove the history of the African Burial Ground into this paranormal story, I didn't believe some of the reactions from the kids. It seems like they take all the strange events of glowing/talking birds, a rock monster and being pulled into an underground realm of supernatural, with ease/acceptance instead of being terrified. There was a lot of buildup to the finale which was over much too quickly. Ms. Elliott has a good imagination, but this story left me flat and wondering, "Is that all?"
I received this book from the publisher in exchange for a fair and honest review.
It is great to read a fantasy novel with non-traditional characters. Without coming across as forced, the author managed to incorporate a great deal of diversity - not just that the characters were people of color - they also included an orphan, a Muslim, and a really interesting "alternative" girl (she denied being a goth but you get the idea.) It would be cool if it brought the genre exposure outside of its normal readers. The characters were actually great and I bet the author could turn this into a series. It would be - like so many series - the sort of thing where people say "You've got to read X - only the first book isn't really good."
Our main character is D, who is an orphan after his mother died of cancer. His foster mother is good to him, but D is lonely, especially when his foster mom takes in a very high-maintenance infant ('crack baby'.) D makes his first friend, pleasant, fun, Nyla who is also beautiful. wisdom.
D is great at math, and is hired to tutor one of the most popular kids at school, Hakeem. Hakeem's love is basketball, and he has his eye on Nyla. Neither guy complains when she decides she likes being friends with both of them. Now D's adventures include his friends.
He shows them his biggest secret: a bird that isn't a bird -- it can talk, take on different shapes, and has a lot of wisdom. The bird is here to help the GOOD African souls of soldiers of the civil war home to their resting place. Before that can happen, the ANGRY souls take an interest in D, so Nyla and Hakeem become key to D's survival and the "bird's" successful mission.
This is a very short tale that might find a home among young adult reluctant readers, although I think even they will find themselves ultimately unsatisfied.
That being said, it is the perfect length for young readers. If you are not a young reader then you will wonder what the heck just happened. It just started and now it is over.
Anyway, give it a chance, you will enjoy it.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A different kind of read. Hard to classify, but very good.Published 13 months ago by Dan Busdiecker
Ai overall felt it was a good read, fast paced and enjoyable fantasy. It was well written and had interesting charactersPublished on June 7, 2014 by Cynthia P
I would recommend this book to anyone. It was also exciting and mysterious in the latter chapters.
Thanks to the author.
First, it was great seeing a diverse cast of characters. Not only are they friends but the three of them also work together to overcome adversity. Read morePublished on October 8, 2013 by Wendy L. Hines
I like reading in my comfort zone. And my comfort zone usually means strong women in fantasy. However, I also try to stretch myself, to read something that will introduce me to... Read morePublished on June 5, 2013 by Cecelia Larsen
I enjoyed Ship of Souls. I thought that the author did a great job of creating a main character who quickly worms his way into our hearts. Read morePublished on May 7, 2013 by CM
This was a well-intentioned novel with a decently evocative sense of place that I found unfortunately too heavy-handed to be enjoyable to read. Read morePublished on April 24, 2013 by PhoenixFalls
I liked the creativity and the lesson it told. I was action packed and had a good meaning. I recommend this book to people who want some new books to read and have a tender heart.Published on January 22, 2013 by E.Yribarren
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