Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Blink & Caution

by Tim Wynne-Jones
Candlewick Press | March 8, 2011

Blink is roaming the streets, homeless, lurking in the hallways of hotels to find food when he overhears a bunch of thugs, steals a wallet, and sets out on the run.

Caution is a runaway, convinced she can't live with her family anymore after what happened.

They collide, entwine, join forces, split, and come together again.

This 2011 Boston Globe Horn Book Fiction Award Winner is an emotional trip through the city streets and back woods of Canada with two young people in pain. It's a story of looking for truth and meaning and purpose while trying to make sure every day ends with somewhere to sleep and some semblance of safety.

The one thing I will say is that it's a tiny bit hard to get into. The seemingly strange use of the second person creates a distance between the reader and Blink at first. As Blink works through his self-doubt, the text itself stops doubting so much, allowing the reader closer to him. Don't stop - keep with it in the beginning and very soon, because it is so well written, it grabs the reader and insists one stays.

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