After a week of work, reading other stuff, and life, I finally finished the 2001 Michael L Printz Award Winner, Kit’s Wilderness by David Almond.
And by “finally” — I mean it took me all week to get through it, because it started so slowly for me. I think I had a bit of a bias, having found myself underwhelmed by Skellig, his first children’s book. I felt like I had to talk myself into giving this a chance, and am glad I did, because I ended up enjoying this quite a bit.
It’s a little bit magical? mystical? with beautiful turns of phrases. I think that’s the thing that gets me with a lot of books I read now, is watching the words, and how simple they are, but how complex and amazing they turn out to be when put together by someone with skill.
This is a lovely gem of a book, and I hope there are still actual teenagers out there taking the chance to read this book.