Saturday, April 4, 2009

No Promises in the Wind by Irene Hunt

Sometimes you read a book and it changes you. This is the first book I remember doing that for me. This book is a good challenge for a young reader who reads well. This book weaves the story of a young 15 year old boy who struggles with his father and those struggles only worsen as the depression hits and there is never enough food for an adolescent boy. Josh decides to leave home and his only real asset is his ability to play the piano. His younger, sickly brother decides to leave home with his him despite his brother’s protests. This is a book that hits hard topics, such as death, hunger, abandonment and destitution. Yet, the story also creates the idea that love and family is stronger than anything and if you work hard the challenges can be overcome. I have read this book many times and story gives me new insights each time and I am better for having read it. This story allows for wonderful conversations with your children and crucial conversations early on may save them from harm later.

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