Afire with passion

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September 1997, no. 194

The Listmaker by Robin Klein

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The Apostle Bird

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Afire with passion

by
September 1997, no. 194

It takes a book like Robin Klein’s The Listmaker to remind adults that a children’s book which succeeds in conveying a child’s point of view may well not immediately engage more mature readers. In this instance, Klein so precisely articulates the self-absorbed voice of twelve-­year-old Sarah, the eponymous listmaker, that it takes an effort of will for an adult reader to persist past the first few pages of what seem like overstated emotions and overdetermined plot. Children will have no trouble accepting Sarah’s voice and understanding that it’s like it is because it’s been distorted by her circumstances. Adults too, however, would do well to persevere with The Listmaker, for it turns out to be a heartfelt indictment of how our greedy me-first society can damage children.

Stephen Matthews reviews 'The Listmaker' by Robin Klein and 'The Apostle Bird' by Garry Disher

The Listmaker

by Robin Klein

Viking $14.95 pb, 219 pp

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Book Cover 2 Small

The Apostle Bird

by Garry Disher

Hodder $12. 95 pb, 122 pp

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