When I left a review for Sitting On Top Of The World, the first book in this series, I mentioned how well this talented author brought to life a major historical event in a relatable way for kids to understand and love. Well, Cheryl King does it again with this excellent sequel -- but we get more than just a story about The Great Depression. This story also handles the complicated emotions of grief in a way that kids can understand.
Last book left a massive hole in the heart of our protagonist. It only expands in Book 2. There's only one way ahead that young June sees to fill that hole -- revenge. After procuring a gun, June travels off to confront the man who killed her brother. After all, nearly every following tragedy can be traced back to that calloused action.
But does June have what it takes to bring about this vengeance? Does she even have the right to take such a claim into her own hands?
This book has a little bit over everything: sorrow, hope, love, even a little romance. King creates a good balance in all of these emotions, showing us the darkness of June's situation as well as the light. She shows how life keeps going on even after great tragedy and how to find ones place in the through the worst of it.
As a homeschool mom, I've really appreciated this book series. These are Charlotte Mason Type Living Books. I recommend them all to homeschool moms looking to show a new slant on the Great Depression from a personal view.
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