Book Review: Skylark and Wallcreeper by Anne O’Brien Carelli
I was provided a copy of this weeks read in exchange for an honest review.
After helping her grandmother Collette evacuate her nursing home in NY and get set up in a temporary shelter in Brooklyn, 12 year old Lily begins to unravel a complicated past that her grandmother has long ago chose to not talk about. Having grown up in Southern France during the time of the German occupation during WWII, Collette joins the Resistance, a secret network of individuals whose aim was to hinder the German cause and advance in the war. When Lily looses a special pen her grandmother brought from the nursing home, Lily sets off on a journey that sheds light on a side of her grandmother she never knew. Alternating chapters between Collettes time in the Resistance in the 1940s, and Lily in the present as she connects the clues to figure out more about her grandmothers past. This one pen bridges the gap of generations, and brings two long lost friends together again.
What an absolutely lovely read! These two stories were woven so seamlessly together, culminating in something truly heartwarming. With a female heavy cast of MC’s, this book was empowering and fun for all ages, kids and adults alike. Both Lily and Collette were tenacious and brave, taking risks in order to work towards a goal bigger than themselves. They were selfless and intelligent with spunk for days. These are two girls you would want to be friends with, and certainly people you would want in your corner. For all my fans of historical fictions, hands down you will want to check this one out. Similar feel to an Alan Grantz novel (who you all know I LOVE) with it’s fearless characters and action driven plot line.
Until next week friends!