Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Tin Angel by Shannon Cowan

Tin Angel by Shannon Cowan

Reviewed by Mighty Mom (The Adventures of Mighty Mom)

Fourteen-year old Ronnie Page was content with her life at Raven's, a remote mountain lodge in Western Canada that had been owned and operated by her family for generations. When she wasn't bent over a book, Ronnie spent her time exploring the landscape or hanging out with lodge's young guests. But when her father dies suddenly, everything she has come to know and love is stripped away. Ronnie's mother is forced to sell Raven's to Louis Moss, a family friend, and move Ronnie and her sister to nearby Shelter Bay, setting in motion events leading to Ronnie's ultimate arrest. The charge: murder.

Tin Angel is exceptionally well written. Cowan's ability to evoke a sense of place and time (1969) is extraordinary. The story itself, however, is slow paced which may limit its general appeal. The language is also quite sophisticated for a 19-year-old narrator which frequently challenged my suspension of disbelief. Regardless, Tin Angel is a well crafted tale with lots of twists and points of discussion. Innocent or guilty— you decide.

More Info:
  • Reading level: Ages 9-12
  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Lobster Press (October 31, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1897073682
  • ISBN-13: 978-1897073681

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