Sunday, July 15, 2007

The Way the Crow Flies

Title: The Way the Crow Flies
Author: Ann-Marie MacDonald
HarperPerennial, 2004 (2003)

This novel was finished greedily, late at night with toothpicks to hold my eyelids open. 8-year-old Madeleine arrives on a Canadian air force base in the 1960s with her family. In school, Madeleine, whose voice is distinctive and highly enjoyable, and a few other kids are manipulated by a paedophile teacher and her father, with good intentions, gets caught up in a secret Cold War operation. The murder of a young girl connects these two, parallell stories.

This is a humdinger of a novel which deals with several hefty issues, such as the cruelties of children, science vs. justice (=race to space vs. procecuting Nazi criminals), and how a good man can make a bad man's choice and justify it to himself. When you read, you can find things to annoy you if you choose to, but you will probably be to busy enjoying yourself. Perfect summer read!

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