My rating: 3 of 5 stars
At first I thought this was a young adult book, but then I saw that it won awards in the children's category. To me, it seems like it would fit somewhere in the middle of children's and young adult, so intermediate readers.
The story is simple enough. The book is about two friends, one a farmer's son named Kino, and one a fisherman's son named Jiya. When the big wave comes, Jiya's entire family, save him, is wiped out along with most of the families in the fishing village on the beach. Kino's family becomes a surrogate for Jiya, but the great wise man in the castle is also interested in fostering Jiya.
I won't give the story away, although it's somewhat predictable. But there are some serious life lessons embedded in the narrative: How to face grief with courage, love is stronger than death, how to be brave in the face of danger, and how important tradition and family are.
I'm not sure I've ever read another book by Pearl S. Buck before, but growing up, my mom loved her books. Maybe I will read one of her adult novels to see if I love them too. Any recommendations?
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