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Review: Caminar

January 30, 2015


Soldiers come to warn Carlos’s village about Communist rebels.  They mingled with the villagers so they weren’t scared but, before they left, they labeled a man a COMMUNIST, and hanged him.  They said the Communist were bad and everyone must defend their village.  Carlos wants to do just that but, when the rebels come, his mother insists he run and hide.

Alone and afraid, Carlos teams up with a band of guerillas as he heads to his grandmother’s village to warn them, but will he be in time?

Caminar by Skila Brown is a YA novel in verse about the Guatemalan civil war.  Many of the poems are written in shape poetry adding to the appeal for teen readers.   I’m in awe of Brown’s ability to write a novel in verse and convey a story as well as she did – she made a difficult subject matter very accessible.  I’ll admit that I knew little of Guatemala’s civil war before reading the book so I learned a lot and went on to read even more about it.

The suggested age for Caminar is 10 and up but I think it’s better suited for readers who are a little older than that because of the subject matter.   There is a glossary and Q and A with the author in the back of the book. This would be a wonderful book to incorporate into a study of Guatemala or Central America.

kid konnection newI will link this up to Booking Mama’s Saturday feature, Kid Konnection. If you’d like to participate in Kid Konnection and share a post about anything related to children’s books (picture, middle grade, or young adult) from the past week, leave a comment as well as a link on her site.

I won this book from Beth Fish Reads.  I am an Indiebound Affliate.
16 Comments leave one →
  1. Beth F permalink
    January 30, 2015 7:41 am

    Wow. Sounds like I should dig out my copy and get reading!

  2. January 30, 2015 8:02 am

    This sounds amazing! I don’t know much about the Guatemalan civil war either so this sounds like a good start.

  3. Patty permalink
    January 30, 2015 10:17 am

    Hmmm…another book I have never seen nor heard of ever!

  4. January 30, 2015 10:53 am

    New book to me too 😉

  5. January 30, 2015 11:15 am

    I haven’t heard about this book either and it does sound very creatively delivered. I’ll keep an eye out for it.

  6. January 30, 2015 12:21 pm

    Sounds very intriguing. I love shape poems!

  7. January 30, 2015 6:51 pm

    Shape poetry is an interesting way to present this context! Very nice review, Kathy!

  8. January 30, 2015 10:02 pm

    I’m embarrassed to admit that I don’t even know what shape poetry is but it sounds really interesting!

  9. Literary Feline permalink
    January 31, 2015 12:38 am

    I must read this one! I read another book in verse and really enjoyed it. I don’t think it would be to your tastes, Kathy, being about a werewolf, but it was so well done. I haven’t read too many books that included shape poetry.

  10. January 31, 2015 12:19 pm

    This sounds like a book I would enjoy!

  11. January 31, 2015 4:55 pm

    Poetry in fiction, eh

  12. lisaalmedasumner permalink
    February 1, 2015 5:03 pm

    This sounds excellent. I’m going to get a copy for my classroom. I love books that combine informational writing and other genres such as poetry. Thanks for a great review.

  13. February 1, 2015 11:23 pm

    This does sound intriguing. I love verse novels and it sounds like just the right format for this one. Eye-catching cover, too!

  14. Ryan permalink
    February 2, 2015 11:56 pm

    Sounds like an incredibly moving book.

  15. February 6, 2015 10:12 pm

    A subject I know nothing about and she manged to make it accessible and interesting? Looks liked a keeper.

  16. bookingmama permalink
    February 12, 2015 12:42 pm

    Sounds fascinating but I’m pretty sure Booking Son, at 10 years old, wouldn’t get this one! Maybe 14 and up?

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