Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Wildings by Eleanor Glewwe

In this world, those with magic have the power.  They control the government and the money.  They think anyone without magic is beneath them.  They believe that so extremely that if you have a sibling that doesn't have magic, they take them away from you.  They are sent to the non-magical folk to be adopted and raised as their own.  No visits, no discussion of the lost one, and it's forbidden to look for them.  Meeting them can mean jail time.  This is no world for me...

Viking Books for Young Readers and Edelweiss let me read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published November 1st.

Rivka loses her brother, Arik.  He's her twin and she can't understand why he has to leave.  They are only ten, but it's too late for him.  Once he's tested, he's gone.  She's distraught but her father tells her that's the way it is and to forget him.  When she brings it up again, he forbids her to talk about him.  She's not the only one having a problem.  Her mother takes to her bed and never gets up again.  After her death, it's even worse.  But Rivka knows where they took her brother because her mother told her.

When her father has an opportunity to go there to be the ambassador, she begs her way along.  Then she begins searching for her brother.  She wants to find a way to make things better.  Can Family Law be beaten?  How could she get the parliament to listen to her?  Will her father ever speak to her again?

All these questions and more are answered in this book.  It takes teamwork, intelligence, and a good presentation along with some bravery to make a change.  She's successful but she loses something in the process.  She was willing to sacrifice that to help the non-magical siblings.  This was a good read.

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