Review of A Forest, a Flood, and an Unlikely Star: Middle Grade Reading from J.A. Myhre

I love to find new books that are worthwhile to share with my kids. So many books for middle grade readers are either too “grown up” or too “fluffy.” I was excited to read for review the third book in a Rwendingo Tales series from J.A. Myhre.

Review of A Forest, a Flood, and an Unlikely Star

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About the Book…

(From the book’s description on Amazon)-“Just thirteen-years-old, Kusiima has no time for school, sports, or hanging out with the other boys in his African village. With no father or mother to take care of him, he works long hours to support his grandmother and sickly baby sister. Then one day, Kusiima s life suddenly changes when he travels into a nearby protected forest. 
In the forest, Kusiima is presented with many choices, all with uncertain outcomes. Should he go along with illegal logging? Help to save an endangered baby gorilla? Follow a donkey to who knows where? With each choice, Kusiima has to make yet another decision about what is right in front of him. As he does, he meets a mysterious doctor who holds the key to his past and his future. In the end, Kusiima is faced with the hardest choice of all. Can he forgive a great wrong and heal a broken relationship? 
Readers of all ages won’t want to put down this exciting book that addresses current realities like AIDS, malnutrition, and environmental destruction, all set in a richly detailed African adventure story. Following along as Kusiima makes his decisions, readers will find themselves considering their own choices and growing in empathy for others. This action-packed tale of a boy, his sister, and an orphaned gorilla is also a clear call to give up bitterness and forgive deep hurts, restoring broken lives and relationships. A Forest, a Flood, and an Unlikely Star is the third book in the Rwendigo Tale Series and follows Book One, A Chameleon, a Boy, and a Quest, and Book Two, A Bird, a Girl, and a Rescue.”

Review of A Forest, a Flood, and an Unlikely Star

My Thoughts…

I liked this one. The beginning was slow, so I’m not sure that my middle grade readers will enjoy it. But the story is good, and it tackles hard subjects in a way that kids this age can understand with Kusiima, the 13-year-old hero of the story.
I’m thinking that this would be a good one to read aloud. This might encourage us to keep going through a slow start. And it will give good opportunity to discuss some of the subjects covered here.
You can learn more about the book and find a sample to read here. And you can find the book on Amazon here.

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