Sunday, September 03, 2006

Beyond the Waves

Author: Elizabeth Marek
ISBN: 0451213572
Genre: Fiction, wild children

I have a fascination with "wild children" like those old stories of children raised by wolves or something. Part of it is a horror that they could be forgotten and abused and lost, but a lot of it has to do with the language acquisition problems. How do you teach language to a child who has none? How do you help a child overcome their obstacles to become the human being God created them as?

This story is about a little girl whose father has kept her in their apartment for years, ever since her mother died. She doesn't know that it's strange or even unhealthy; she just knows that her father takes care of her and that the world is scary.

One day her father doesn't come home at the usual time and after 3 or 4 hours she panics and decides to go look for him. Instead she ends up in a psychiatric hospital with a caring doctor who wants to help her.

I love happy endings and this one follows through. For a poignant ride through a child's heart, and the heart of a grieving mother, read this book.

Recommended

1 comment:

Andrew Clarke said...

I read your reviews with interest, and I would be THRILLED if you would review one particular one. It is "Outcasts of Skagaray" by Andrew Clarke. The genre would be Christian fantasy, and it might appeal to your interest in children growing up in the wild - or against the odds. If you want to know more about it, please check www.threeswans.com.au for sample chapters and details. Contact me if you want to know more. You would make my month if you reviewed it.