Mrs Stebbings, Carmel College
Beautifully evocative of mid World War II rural Pennsylvania, when life was tough but safe for our heroin Annabelle, until, that is, the incorrigible Betty arrives on the scene. Eleven year old Annabelle, brought up in a close and loving family has to think as an adult to survive Betty’s bullying. It is not until Annabelle’s friend is cruelly assaulted that others’ good characters are brought into question. This is a story of injustices and the search for truth.
Throughout the story I had complete faith in Annabelle to do what was right, due in part to her being brought up by hardworking, honest and loving parents. The family’s farming life style dictates that Annabelle contributes to daily chores and, having two younger brothers she possesses an unusual degree of independence and maturity. However, the author skilfully weaves in characters with contrasting morals to introduce tension and a sense of foreshadowing that keeps you gripped throughout, never entirely sure if all will be well at the end. Brilliant.
Posted on: 8th May 2017 at 03:23 pm
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