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Thursday, 5 November 2009

Review: Medina Hill by Trilby Kent


Title: Medina Hill
Author: Trilby Kent
Pages: 176
Publisher: Tundra Books
Reading Level: Ages 9-12
Rating: .3

In the grimy London of 1935, eleven-year-old Dominic Walker has lost his voice. His mother is sick and his father’s unemployed. Rescue comes in the form of his Uncle Roo, who arrives to take him and his young sister, Marlo, to Cornwall.

There, in a boarding house populated by eccentric residents, Marlo, who keeps a death grip on her copy of The New Art of Cooking, and Dominic, armed with Incredible Adventures for Boys: Colonel Lawrence and the Revolt in the Desert, find a way of life unlike any they have known.

Dominic’s passion for Lawrence of Arabia is tested when he finds himself embroiled in a village uprising against a band of travelers who face expulsion. In defending the vulnerable, Dominic learns what it truly means to have a voice.

Taschima's POV:

A book where the phrase 'Cat got your tongue?' will pop up in your head from time to time.

Somewhere in London lives this little eleven-year-boy who cannot speak. Well, not literately. Just not with strangers. He lives with his sick mother, unemployed father, and little sister who's name is Marlo (strange name I know). Anyhow as the mother gets sicker the parents decide to sent their kids away to their uncle Roo, the mother's brother to a place called Medina Hill. In this fantastic land Dominic is faced with situations that would have never happened at home, things far beyond his wildest dreams. But, will he recover his voice? Or will it fail him when it is most needed?

As I read this book I came to like the characters. Dominic is this 11-year-boy who at first doesn't like to read and its very shy, but as the story progress he goes through much character development that in the end makes him not only more likable but admirable. His sister too goes through character development. She is a fine lad that little one. Another character that comes out of the pages is the Gypsy girl that Dominic meets. And the representation of an American in London will make you guys laugh, because it's sad but true.

I found that this book is more character driven that anything else. The story line is okay, but it doesn't get your attention as much as the characters do.

The ending was again okay, I would have liked to have had more information. Like how is his mother doing, or just something. But I guess it was okay.

Is an overall 3 star read, I liked it, but I did not loved it. It was slow at first, and that is bad considering that it only has 170 pages. But it's good for the age group is designed for.

10 comments:

Casse AKA Catholic Kittie said...

I don't normally read these type of books. I am a book by its cover kinda girl. Shallow I know. But maybe I will check it out.

brizmus said...

Sad to hear it started off slowly. The premise just sounds so cool to me. I love historical fiction! Sometimes I like untidy endings, so maybe this will be okay.

RKCharron said...

Hi :)
Thanks for the thoughtful review.
My son fits in the age group so I think he'll like it.
Thanks for sharing,
All the best,
RKCharron
xoxo

Jessy said...

Thanks for the honest review, not sure if this is a book for me.

pirate penguin said...

Hmm, the premise for the book SOUNDS good. Still not sure if it's for me though... guess I'll have to enter your contest and hope I win. You know, that way I'll read it ;)

Sheila Deeth said...

Thanks for the review. It sounds like something I'd like - character driven definitely appeals, and the location and storyline sound fascinating.

The Book Owl said...

Good review. I enjoy historical fiction, so I might have to check this out.

Good Golly Miss Holly said...

I cannot imagine not being able to speak. That would be so horrible

Jennifer said...

I think the book has a nice cover. I like that your review was honest, and I agree the name Marlo is a little strange, but if the characters are what drives the book i'll read it. I'd like to see how this kid changes.

~The Book Pixie said...

Hey twin. I really appreciate the honesty. It sounds interesting and think I'll give it a try.

~Briana :D

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