On Sale: October 13, 2009
American Price: $19.95
Canadian Price: $21.99
Publisher: Tundra Books
ISBN: 978-0-88776-888-0 (0-88776-888-1)
In the grimy London of 1935, eleven-year-old Dominic Walker has lost his voice. His mother is sick and his father’s unemployed. Rescue comes in the form of his Uncle Roo, who arrives to take him and his young sister, Marlo, to Cornwall. There, in a boarding house populated by eccentric residents, Marlo, who keeps a death grip on her copy of The New Art of Cooking, and Dominic, armed with Incredible Adventures for Boys: Colonel Lawrence and the Revolt in the Desert, find a way of life unlike any they have known. Dominic’s passion for Lawrence of Arabia is tested when he finds himself embroiled in a village uprising against a band of travelers who face expulsion. In defending the vulnerable, Dominic learns what it truly means to have a voice.
Medina Hill is a fun read, and put many smiles on my face. The characters were very fun to watch. One that pleasantly surprised me was Dominic. What I mean is, in some ways he's just like every other kid, but in others he seems to have a bigger grasp on maturity than the average eleven-year-old you come across. I loved the way he acted towards his sister. He's the ideal older brother. "Eccentric" is a very apt description of all the characters. Each has his or her own way of being that makes them completely unique individuals.
Another thing that I really enjoyed about this book was Dominic's adventure with the gypsies. This had me smiling because I had my own adventure with gypsies a few years back. No, they were not riding around in a wagon, but they were definitely different. They lived in a house near us for a few months, and I distinctly remember the father telling my dad how much he had, literally, paid for his wife. That's one of those things that I won't easily forget, just as Dominic will not forget his adventure.Overall, Medina Hill is a fun read, complete with an intriguing plot and interesting characters.
About the author: Trilby Kent was born in Toronto, Ontario, and grew up in cities on both sides of the Atlantic. After completing degrees at Oxford University and The London School of Economics, she worked in the rare books department at a prominent auction house before turning to writing feature articles for publication in Europe and North America. She now lives in London, England. Medina Hill is Trilby Kent’s first novel.
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