This is a new series for my blog, wherein I will discuss whatever book or books I’m reading or have just finished that week. Feel free to post in the comments what you’re reading this week, too, or your own thoughts about the books I discuss.
2/3/11: Bamboo People by Mitali Perkins
Two boys, on opposite sides of a war, meet in a rather explosive way and each begins to question everything he thought he knew about the “enemy”.
Details of two different cultures and the setting are sprinkled throughout with a very light hand and in a very effective way. Since I have also written a book set in a place so foreign to American readers, I can appreciate Ms. Perkins’ mastery. Similar to my book, the characters in Bamboo People speak two different languages at various times.
The writing style is very simple and spare, and the dialogue flows naturally. (I wonder if she had to fight against stilted dialogue as much as I have.)
Okay, I obviously like this and I need to get back to reading now. I want to know how it ends!