I’m not an avid reader of young adult novels. So the arrival of of an almost 600 page one, did not tempt me. Until I continued to see one rave review after another about Pam Munoz Ryan’s new book. I decided to give it fifty pages. Then, read fifty more and fifty more. Suddenly, I realized I was almost finished with the book. This novel reads faster than most of the 300 page young adult novels I’ve read.
It’s classified as historical fiction; but includes magical realism. Finding a historical fiction for young adults is often difficult. Finding one that is interesting is even harder. Finally I’ve found a go to for the assignment “You must read a historical fiction book.” Now I just need to figure out how to convince a seventh grader this 585 page book reads faster than Divergent. Any ideas?