Thursday, November 27, 2014
Book Review: "If Ever I Return Again" by Corinne Demas
This story is told in letters that Celie writes to her cousin back home. I liked that it wasn't a straight up diary and allowed for someone to write back, though clearly not on a regular basis. It also showed how delayed news from "back home" was for these whalers, especially as they were generally out to sea for a couple years at a time. And I think that is the biggest take away here - this is a good historical fiction story that will introduce 5th-8th grade readers to the life of the New England whaling culture and experience.
Historical fiction isn't really my cup of tea, so it took me a bit to warm up to this (I was encouraged to read something by this author for class, and this was at my library). Celie annoyed me from the start as I thought she was pretty whiny and annoying. But I did warm up to her and enjoyed watching her evolve throughout her journey. I also became fascinated with the life and treachery found on a whaling ship - something I knew nothing about despite having lived in New England for the past 14 almost 15 years.
I would give this to a middle grade reader who likes historical fiction, especially in the New England area. I would also consider this to one who likes adventure stories as whaling was certainly a dangerous endeavor.
If Ever I Return Again
by Corinne Demas