Dad of Divas' Reviews: Book Review - The Lightning Queen

Monday, September 7, 2015

Book Review - The Lightning Queen

The Lightning Queen

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About the Book
Nothing exciting happens on the Hill of Dust, in the remote mountains of Mexico in the 1950s. There's no electricity, no plumbing, no cars, just day after day of pasturing goats. And now, without his sister and mother, eleven-year-old Teo's life feels even more barren. And then one day, the mysterious young Esma, who calls herself the Gypsy Queen of Lightning, rolls into town like a fresh burst of color. Against all odds, her caravan's Mistress of Destiny predicts that Teo and Esma will be longtime friends. Suddenly, life brims with possibility. With the help of a rescued duck, a three-legged skunk, a blind goat, and other allies, Teo and Esma must overcome obstacles-even death-to fulfill their impossible destiny. Inspired by true stories derived from rural Mexico, The Lightning Queen offers a glimpse of the encounter between two fascinating but marginalized cultures--the Rom and the Mixtec Indians--while telling the heart-warming story of an unlikely friendship that spans generations.

My Take on the Book
This was a well written book that really delves deep into the intergenerational relationship between the characters. The book is rich in dialogue but even richer in context and you will find yourself lost in the beautiful writing that the author shares and you will be love how descriptive and vibrant the environment in which the story is set is shared. The book is deep and poignant, yet still maintains a humanity to the relationships that it shares. You will love turning page after page as you wait to see what comes next, or at least I did!

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