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Posted January 17, 2014
LIB 805 - Book Review HC
Iva, the 8 year old protagonist in this book, lives next door to her cousin, Heaven, and although they are the same age they have nothing in common. Heaven always plays it safe and wants to live a simple life when she grows up, whereas Iva wants a life of excitement and adventure. Iva’s only problem is that she lives in the small town of Uncertain and there is nothing to explore there. Everything changes when Iva finds a treasure map belonging to her great grandfather which she admires and reveres as an explorer. Iva sets out on a journey with her trusted dog and companion, Sweetlips, to locate hidden gold from the map. When Iva realizes she is not able to find the gold alone she must rely on the one person she doesn’t want help from, Heaven.
Iva is interesting and easy to cheer for, but the inclusion of unnecessary characters and irrelevant information makes it hard to focus on her and her task at times. The writing is riddled with confusing idioms suited for a more mature, (and southern), audience, but are not inappropriate. The book has a good overall message of friendship and would be a light read for this age group.
Posted January 27, 2013