Thursday, 11 March 2010

YOUNG ADULT REVIEW: A Million Shades of Grey - Cynthia Kadohata


Ever since Tin can remember he's wanted to be an elephant trainer. At twelve years old, he's the youngest - and in his eyes the best - elephant handler in his village. Tin can think of nothing he'd rather do that spend all day with his elephant, Lady, looking after her and playing together. But Tin's peaceful, idyllic life is changed dramatically when the Viet Cong attack his village and he finds himself held hostage by the terrifying soldiers who don't care if he lives or dies. Can Tin find the courage to escape from his captors and save not only his own life, but his precious elephants too?


This title was one that really struck an emotional chord as I love not only the principle character but the whole environment that was brought to life by Cynthia’s wonderful story telling talent. Its descriptive, it has a realistic cast and unfurls at its own pace in such a way that it will remain long after the final page it turned. Partly this reminded me of the film The Dumbo Drop but above all it’s a tale that’s so finely woven it must win some awards. Get it before the hype does. You really won’t be disappointed.

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