Today’s team review is from Robbie, she blogs here robbiesinspiration.wordpress.com
Robbie has been reading Aster Finlay And The Great Elan by Karen Ann Wirtz
Michael and I received a copy of this book though Rosie Amber of Rosie’s Book Review Team in return for an honest review.
Imagine how thrilling it would be if you could speak to animals. It would be lovely to find out all about the joys, anxieties and sorrows of the animal kingdom from the mouths of the animals.
Aster Finley discovers that she can speak to animals very quickly after she arrives at her new home in Ohio. Aster has moved a lot over her short life and is looking forward to being much more settled in her new “forever” home. Aster’s parents are doing their best to make her feel settled and happy and their efforts include building her a wonderful tree house.
It is in the tree house that Aster meets many of her new animal friends, including a bird called Poe and a groundhog called Hamilton. It doesn’t take long for Aster to discover her new talent of understanding the animals and to become embroiled in the animals plan to help all humans find their way back to the Great Elan so that the world can be saved from the greed and destructive tendencies of humans.
Aster soon learns, however, that not all the animals agree with this great plan. Some of the animals have other ideas about the role of humans in the world and are determined to sabotage any actions taken by Aster and her friends to change the status quo.
I found the beginning of this book to be a bit slow. Michael was starting to lose interest in the beginning and I had to make him carry on reading the first two chapters before the story started to pick up its pace. Once the story got going, however, it was a very good read. The other observation I made was that there are a couple of swear words in the book which seemed to be out of context and unnecessary. My son was a bit shocked and would not read them.
On the whole, I found this a charming read and my son, Michael, aged 11 years old, really enjoyed it. We particularly loved the happy-go-lucky and fun-loving Hamilton. Our rating for this book is 4 out of 5 stars.
After living the nomadic lifestyle of a military child, Aster Finlay’s father retires and her family settles down into a more “normal” life; however, when Aster discovers she can communicate with animals, she realizes her life is going to be anything but normal.
Karen likes to write fun adventures for reluctant readers. When she’s not wrapped up in her imagination, she enjoys spending time with her husband, three wonderful children, and two rescue dogs. If you like what you read, she’d appreciate if you’d leave a review. You can also contact her on her website www.karenannwirtz.com. She’d love to hear from you!