Mandy Baker Johnson

Living without Shadows

A Bird, A Girl, and A Rescue

This book has so much that would appeal to eight to twelve year old readers. Set in the fictional African country of Rwendigo, the main character is young Kiisa who is off to boarding school for the first time. Her father leaves her with a special gift which becomes more important to Kiisa as the story goes on. Her growing relationship and dependence on her father’s gift is akin to knowing God and growing in faith.

This book is a mix of African legend with Christian undertones and modern-day guerrilla warfare. I couldn’t help but be reminded of the school girls kidnapped by Boko Haram. Yet even though touching on serious issues, the book remains light, focusing on friendship, loyalty, courage and standing up to bullies. Kiisa loves playing football and makes a great goalie.

Young readers will enjoy the fun and adventure aspects of the story. Older readers – and adults – will hopefully gain a little insight into the tension of living in a politically-corrupt area with the ever-present danger of guerrilla warfare.

I enjoyed reading A Bird, A Girl and A Rescue by J A Myhre. I have given it **** on Amazon and am grateful to Cross Focused Reviews for providing me with a free copy to review.

 

 

2 Comments

  1. Jennifer A Myhre

    19/10/2016 at 5:11 pm

    Thanks so much Mandy for taking the time to read, and for your review. I appreciate that you connected the story with current events, particularly as some of the Boko Haram abductees came home this week.

    • Mandy

      19/10/2016 at 5:14 pm

      You’re very welcome Jennifer. It’s a great story. Thanks for leaving a comment here, I’m honoured 🙂

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