A courageous coming of age tale of friendship, family, forgiveness and finding one's place.
I grew up reading the Accidental Detectives by this author, and am also a huge fan of his teen and adult books as well, so when I saw that he was releasing a new middle grade book it was a no brainer for me. And it did not disappoint, Sigmund Brouwer is an excellent author, and I love how his storytelling appeals to all ages, and even though this is written for a younger audience I thoroughly enjoyed it. Though I will note that this book is different from his more well known previous releases as it would not be categorized as Christian fiction--and I knew that going into this book.
Atlatl is a boy on the verge of becoming a man, he feels rejected by his father because of his crippled foot, but he is also a gifted storyteller. He saves a sabertooth cub, which begins a series of events that drive a wedge between himself and the clan. Atlatl is a clever young man, I admired his determination, and ingenuity, as well as his heart for others.
This is a coming of age tale of survival, with a powerful message of forgiveness and friendship. Great for middle-grade readers, as well as a book to read together as a family. Fast paced and satisfying, this book explores what life might have been like in the early days for indigenous peoples, as well as the dynamics of a clan. Atlatl is a courageous hero, he is logical and clever, and grows in maturity over the course of the story. This book did a great job of exploring the relationships between members of the clan and how they must work together to survive. I found this to be an enjoyable and entertaining read, full of adventure, great for families and middle grade readers.
I received a complimentary copy of this book. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.