We want to help create motivated and engaged young readers. This blog is about children's and YA literature (especially New Zealand), literacy research, and ways to get, and keep, kids reading.
Teresa is the fourth generation of the Moran family, all of whom have all been natural and brave soldiers who have thrived in battle, but struggled to adapt to civilian life. Will this cycle be broken with Teresa? It maybe, but I was not sure after reading this book.
Teresa is a Lieutenant in the New Zealand army who experiences battle in East Timor and in Iraq. Neither of these war scenarios is as clearcut, as black and white, as the theatres of war experieced by her forefathers, and Ken Catran skillfully reminds the reader of this.
The first half of this book is in a language of war that is totally different to previous wars, with the emphasis on collateral damage. For this reason it took me a while to get into it, but once Teresa is caught up in the action, the whole tone of the story changes.
Ken Catran's research is first class again and he wraps the story of the Moran family up well. A must read for those who have followed the story, and a modern war story, in a difficult theatre of war, for those who are reading Ken's books for the first time.
0800 LIB LINE
0800 542 5463
Get help from our advisers using this free phone line