Monday, November 7, 2011

Bibliophile's Corner

Between the Roots
by A.N. McDermott

Back Cover description:
"Just like you can't know when you'll die, you can't tell how long we've lived."

A multigenerational commune in a walled state, the Colony has been a fixture in the small Pacific Northwest town for over a hundred years. When Sammy O'Doul impulsively trespasses, he watches a strange ritual, where an old woman is dug up alive from the forest. Before he can escape, he's surprised by a strangely simple old man who tells him all is not as it appears. Gradually Sammy uncovers surprising secrets that challenge not only his impressions of the Colony but of himself.

My thoughts:
Between the Roots is the remarkable debut MG novel by A.N. McDermott. She skillfully weaves a tale of mystery and adventure as the curiosity of Sammy, the main character, digs deep into forbidden old secrets. Relevant themes of tolerance, acceptance, and respect are subtly laced through this unique story. I would recommend this book to middle grade readers between the ages of 10-13.
Congratulations, A.N. McDermott!

1 comment:

  1. Oooh, this sounds creepy and fascinating and I could understand why MG kids would love it.