Good Read, Unusual and Sometimes Odd,
This review is from: Thursday's Child (Walker world fiction) (Paperback)
Winner of a Guardian Children's Book Award, I picked this up on a bargain book stand. The story is about a family in Australia (it is never stated as Australia I think, but references to red back spiders and the general geography and later the geology made me think it must be so). The narrator is a girl, Harper - but the story is really about Tin, her younger brother, who is always digging and makes a decision to live underground.
Frankly I found it all a little unrealistic. It was not a funny book, so the living underground had to be taken seriously - but the scale of excavation in this story was not really plausible. Neither were the reactions of family and friends to the events of the story.
But the story was also about the father of the family, and his own struggle with action, inaction, bravery and cowardice and some other mixed up feelings about his family.
Interesting enough, but not the best book I have read recently. I will not be too worried about reading other "Guardian Awards" books.