Saturday, July 13, 2019
Angel Thieves, by Kathi Appelt
If those seem pretty disconnected, they largely are. Not that it really matters as Appelt is mostly in love with the concept of the Bayou as a swiftly flowing body of water that shifts and surges, swallowing up (and occasionally disgorging) objects and people. She's so in love with the idea that she repeats it again and again. Repetition is key in this story and established themes are repeated again and again like a piece of music. The issue, for me, is that what works nicely in a score comes across as boring in a story. Most of all, as pretty as this book is, it is not a YA book and it is poorly marketed.