Book Review – Blue Birds by Caroline Starr Rose

A few months back, I had the pleasure of creating some custom rings for author, Caroline Starr Rose, inspired by her latest book, Blue Birds and now you can win one of those rings. Check out this tweet from the Caroline Starr Rose Twitter feed for more information

Caroline was kind enough to send me an advanced copy of the book, which I enjoyed very much. Blue Birds was released today and is now available to the general public so I thought it would be a good time to share my thoughts on this lovely book. Enjoy!

 

Blue BirdsBlue Birds by Caroline Starr Rose

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Caroline Starr Rose’s Blue Birds is a lovely piece of historical fiction about the friendship between two young girls: Alis, an English girl from the “lost colony” of Roanoke, and Kimi, a Native American girl from the nearby Roanoke tribe. Though the girls are separated by language, culture, and the growing hostilities between the Native Americans and the colonists, they are drawn together by a common sense of loneliness and bond over their shared wonder of the beautiful Virginia landscape they live in.

My favorite thing about Blue Birds is how the author tells her story in a series of free verse poems. By alternating the poems between Alis and Kimi, we get a sense of how – despite all their differences – the girls are much more alike than they realize and that friendship can be found in the most unlikely of places.

The novel was written for young readers (grades 5 and up) and I can easily see how Blue Birds would have become one of my favorite books if it had been available when I was that age, especially since I was going through a phase where I was obsessed with biographies and stories of famous American women. But even as an adult, I really enjoyed Blue Birds and the thoughtful and lyrical way that Caroline Starr Rose addresses this mysterious moment in history.

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