Tuesday, October 20, 2015
Paper Things, by Jennifer Richard Jacobson
Gut wrenching and touching, this is a great novel in search of an audience. Who is the target audience for this book? The age of the protagonist would normally slot this book for middle schoolers, but the subject matter is far more mature for that. Outside of those of us who are "not acting our age," I fear there isn't much of a readership for this moving story of a brave young girl. More problematic is Ari, herself. She has a voice that is wise and mature far beyond her years. And so it is often quite jarring when she grows foolish and forgetful in a way that is entirely appropriate for a fifth grader but so out of character for her wise narration.