Pity Me schoolchildren are dying. The Establishment claim the Great Goddess is pulling out the weeds to make way for the flowers. But thirteen-year-old Jamie Tuff knows different, thanks to her newly wandering soul. Her Gift will set her on a path of discovery and will land her in mortal danger. What will win out? The power of fear...or of hope? Magical fantasy adventure for readers aged 10+.
"The present world is often terrifying to a sensible adult. Hinton reflects its effect on youngsters in a powerfully imagined world that hums with poetry. In its pages, in the words of Yeats, a terrible beauty is born. Herein lies empathy, barreling adventure and an iconic heroine, Jamie Tuff." Charles Bane Jr., nominee as Poet Laureate of Florida.
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The story follows Jamie Tuff as she discovers the truth behind the happenings at the island as well as discovers the truth of her powers. Jamie and her friends set out to save the souls that have been taken. The story is well written and has a simple plot that will keep the reader entertained. The book is more for children in the teens and such and it will appeal to their idea of fantasy and magic. The characters are easy to relate with and well thought out. Each character has some role to play in this story and the plot is nicely brought together at the end. All the twists and turns in the story are tied up with a sensible explanation at the end. The story is one of self-discovery as well as the strength of friendship and trust. There are some interesting lessons that a teenager or child can learn form this story and the author has brought them out really well. The author has also briefly touched upon the existence of superstitions and the kind of effect they can have on people. Overall this is a wonderful story to read for all children out there who enjoy fantasy fiction and any story with magic in it.
Here, I think, is a refreshing new voice in literature for adolescents. That is not to say that this fantasy adventure and the characters who participate do not owe something to, or perhaps rather pay homage to, those who have paved the way for it. Indeed, there are flavours of the caricatures drawn by Mervyn Peake and by J.P. Martin (the writer of the books about Uncle -- the benevolent elephant dictator of Homeward) mixed in -- possibly unconsciously -- with the adventure style of the fantasy quests as made popular by Tolkien, Lewis, Garner and our contemporary writers of fiction for young people. One is also reminded somewhat -- in the situation of the children/young adults who are the heroes of the tale, of the existence of the characters in a parallel, somewhat Victorian world seen in the work of Joan Aiken. Wonderful miniature characters with healing powers, called Brainticklers, remind one of Gulliver's Lilliputians and also Mary Norton's Borrowers, but I think you will find that their height is where the similarity ends, for their role in the adventure is quite different and their characters most original and engaging. Despite some similarities with past and present writers and their works, the combination and deft wielding of all the elements in this exciting 'page-turner' are all Hinton's own, as is her particular wit, which permeates the text, bringing enjoyment and occasional laugh- out-loud moments, even when the threat to our heroes is great. This humour is always part of the plot, or emerges in dialogue, not something laboured or landing with a 'klunk'. Sometimes the humour is simply expressed in the selection of an unusual adjective or adverb, rather as if Hinton has run a shining thread through the text. An adult reader will not only enjoy this wit but also Hinton's strong moral-compass, which-- however -- never makes her text stuffy or staid. Probably the best way I can recommend this book is to tell you that Katie -- a fourteen-year-old -- when asked what she thought of it, impatiently snapped 'Not now! I'm reading...'