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Mrs Armstrong-Harris, Chobham Academy Book Group

The Smell of Other People's Houses

An interesting setting for a story, a small village in Alaska. The book follows the lives of several children giving their account of events in the first person narrative and eventually bringing it all together at the end of the book. There are events that make you smile as well as some that are more thought provoking. The story includes 'young love' as well as some more difficult perspectives on family life.
I did find it a little confusing in places and needed to check back on which characters story I was actually reading.
The book provides an insight into life in Alaska and in particular the reliance on the fishing season for this particular group of characters.
Overall, I was engaged by the story line.

Posted on: 24th April 2017 at 03:08 pm

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