Friday, September 30, 2011
An American Ghost by Chester Aaron
He's fifteen and staying home to take care of the place and the animals while the rest of his family visits the neighbors. While he's sleeping, a flash flood comes through and takes the house down the Mississippi River. What could be worse than waking up afloat with water in the house with no control over the course the house takes? Finding out you are not alone in the house...
Zumaya Thresholds, an imprint of Zumaya Publications sent me a copy of this book for review. This is a young adult story. It reminds me a bit of Old Yeller, so make sure your child is mature enough to read it.
Albie has been taught by his Dad that good is good and bad is bad. Anyone who threatens his livestock is considered bad and is killed to eliminate the threat. He's heartless because he's protecting his family's food source. Albie believes that is how the world works.
This natural disaster will teach him some other new lessons that will change his attitude and change his life.
Mr. Aaron writes hard hitting fiction that depicts the dangers of settling land and developing houses and farms where they have never existed before. The ending in this book will stick in my mind for a long time.
This is a coming of age story you won't forget.