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Flying Geese by Barabara Haworth-Attard


A series of mishaps and tragedies force Margaret's large family to leave their farm and move to Ontario. As Margaret adjusts to this new jungle of concrete, cars, and constant struggle, she only has one thing that is keeping her going; her flying geese quilt. Through quilting, and the wise words of her late grandmother, Margaret is able to navigate her new surroundings, and even make a friend.


AGE RANGE INTERMEDIATE

Suggested for ages 9+


THEMES

Moving

Quilting

Sewing

Coming of Age

World War One

Child Abuse

Poverty

Canada

Historical


OVERALL RATING 7/10

I enjoyed reading this story! Although it isn't so well pieced together as some that I have read, it is still a valuable story that will bring up emotions of all kinds. I didn't find the conclusion very satisfying, which is part of the reason for the lower mark. Overall, this was a good book, just not my favourite.


PROS Important topics


Emotional


Artful writing at times

Violence and Scariness 1/5 Mother slaps daughter. Some bruises seen and bloody knuckles. Witch-burning mentioned. Mentions father's injury. Sex and Romance 1/5 A baby is born. Girls think boy is handsome and are competing for his favour.




CONS Starts out a little slowly


Not a very satisfying ending


Some sexism


Emotional Intensity 3/5 Memories of dead grandmother. Moving house. Some intense arguments. Child abuse talked about and bruises seen. Family members leaving for war. Mother and baby sick in hospital. Poverty. Some bullying.


Drinking and Drugs 1/5 Mentions man being desperate for a smoke and stealing tobacco.


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