Saturday, June 18, 2016
36. Lizzie and the Lost Baby - Cheryl Blackford
2016 HMH Books for Young Readers
Middle Grade Historical Fiction
Goodreads rating: 3.94 (90 ratings)
My rating:1/I had some definite problems with this book, and I can't even say it was okay...
Setting: WWII Yorkshire countryside
First line/s: "Every window on the train had been painted black, blocking any possible view of the passing scenery."
My comments: I hate to have to rate a book - any book - less than a four, it makes me feel really bad. But I try to give my honest opinions in these reviews, even if sometimes I can't put my feelings into understandable words. But I had some definite problems with this book. Lots of stereotyping. Lots of really bad adults. Immoral, unethical ones. What are we teaching kids? I think a story about a brave girl is a great idea -- but even though there may have been huge amounts of unethical people in WWII Britain, I dislike the way the book portrayed the members of this community, including the police, as selfish, hateful idiots. A whole community came together to house kids from the city, kids they didn't even know, to keep them safe, and then the individuals we come upon in the story itself have low ethics and morals? Kidnappers, liars, bigots... Ridiculous. Although this has some great information about WWII, safety issues, gypsies, etc., I won't be sharing it with any of my students or grandkids.
Goodreads synopsis:Cheryl Blackford's debut novel is set in England during World War II and told from the dual perspectives of ten-year-old Lizzie, a homesick girl evacuated from bomb-blitzed Hull to the remote Yorkshire valley, and Elijah, a local gypsy boy. When Lizzie discovers an abandoned baby, her dangerous friendship with Elijah is put to the test. Will Lizzie be able to find the baby's parents? And if she does, can she and Elijah remain friends in a world clouded by prejudice and fear