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Tink (The Children of Crow Cove Series) Hardcover – May 10, 2011
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About the Author
Bodil Bredsdorff is the beloved author of many books for children, including The Crow-Girl and Eidi, which were both named Mildred L. Batchelder Honor Books, ALA Notable Books, and Booklist Editors' Choice Selections. She lives in Hundested, Denmark.
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I have to mention also that there are many instances of swearing--words such as hell, damn, etc. Characters refer to pissing and peeing. Burd gets drunk often and attacks Foula (his former wife). Tink threatens to kill him. It's for those reasons that I did not put the book in our school library.
The book has a neat, lyrical quality to its writing. There's a British-ness or old-school writing to it that is intriguing. It does get boring at times--seems like it tells a lot that doesn't add to the story. The Accelerated Reader level is 4.9 / 3.
Closely woven into this short novel are several important economics lessons related to barter, interdependence, food insecurity, and the marketplace. This book comes as the third in the Children of Crow Cove Series, and because its story line draws in virtually all the characters and many of the events from the first two books, readers will understand Tink better if they read the first two installments. Note that the book encompasses situations with domestic violence, alcoholism, and depression, making it more appropriate for mature children who can handle such themes.