The Reach of Children Hardcover – Special Edition, 19 Sep 2008
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Top Customer Reviews
Lebbon begins with ten-year-old Daniel waking up to his Father telling him that his Mum had just passed away. Although we are given enough to believe that she had been slowly dying in her room for some time prior, the news presented in this manner starts our story out with an instant outpouring of sorrow for the family, and rivets the reader's attention firmly to the page. Immediately, we are thrust, along with Daniel, into a type of wake in the family's home, while they wait for his "Mum" to be taken away. In Daniel's own mind, there is a stark division between the way adults process death, and how they aren't quite sure how to be around him.
". . . Something about grief appeared to make Daniel invisible . . . he sensed a difference between himself and the grown-ups that seemed difficult to cross . . . the spaces between words said much more than the words themselves."
As Daniel and his Father--with help from his Father's good friend, Gary--go about adjusting in their own ways to this huge void now in their lives, Daniel begins to sense something . . . off . . . about his Father's secretive mumblings behind his closed bedroom door . . .
At its heart, I felt this was a brilliant tale about a great loss, and how a boy struggles to go on with all the changes wrought around him. Daniel is forced to acknowledge some difficult truths regarding his Mother's early passing. ". . . She had talked to him about dying.Read more ›
The Reach of Children really tugs at you heart strings. Daniels grief is so perfectly written, along with the reactions of those he comes into contact with. Tim Lebbon captured the difficulty that people have when dealing with grieving.
Of course, as this is Tim Lebbon, it has a twist. I’m not going to tell you that though!
I would imagine that writing from a 10 year olds point of view is difficult. From my reading experience, when pulled off well, it lifts a story. That’s what Tim Lebbon manages to do in The Reach of Children.
This is a short read, more of a novella. However, it’s certainly time well spent. 4 stars.
****Disclaimer – I would like to thank Tim Lebbon, Endeavour Press and NetGalley for providing me with a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. This is my honest review and all opinions expressed are my own****
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I found this book really touching. Tim Lebbon captured perfectly the confusion of a child coming to terms with the loss of their mother. I wept for Daniel and his father. Read morePublished 12 days ago by Mrs. M. Macdonald
Tim Lebbon's novella moves and chills in turn, telling the story of Daniel, a ten year old boy whose mother dies after a long illness. Read morePublished on 20 Jun. 2010 by I Read, Therefore I Blog