Thursday, December 17, 2009

The Naming of Tishkin Silk (MG review)

Jacket description:
"Griffin Silk is an uncommon boy, from an uncommon sort of family - but lately Griffin isn't so sure that's a good thing. If he were an ordinary boy, he wouldn't have to worry about the secret in his heart and maybe he would understand why his mother and baby sister have gone away from home. When Griffin starts school and meets the spirited Princess Layla, a once-in-a-lifetime friend who can heal souls, the answers to his questions gently start to unfold. And just like the mythical beast whose name he bears, Griffin discovers that he has uncommon courage and the heart of a lion."
What a beautiful, beautiful story. I've never read anything by Glenda Millard before, though apparently the Silk family has a whole bunch of stories out there and you can certainly bet I'll be tracking them down.

Griffin Silk is exactly as described--an uncommon boy. But he is so wonderfully written and so emotional in every word he speaks, that you fall in love with him immediately. The story he has been written into is not an easy one in terms of subject matter, but the power of Griffin, Princess Layla, and the rest of the Silk family is unmatchable.

At first glance, this appears to be for the younger juvenile fiction kids, and the language used will certainly appeal to that age-set, be prepared for some tough questions once the reading is over. I would recommend reading and enjoying this as a family and dealing with the issues of death, separation, and guilt together. It is not a book to be missed.

My eyes still want to cry for this poor boy, even weeks after finishing the book, and the beautiful illustrations, done by Patrice Barton, are sticking with me too. Simple black and whites that truly capture the magic of this family. A must-have for libraries and home shelves. No need to have read the other books about the Silk family...I haven't and understood what was going on just fine.

The Naming of Tishkin Silk
Glenda Millard
112 pages
Middle Grade
Farrar, Straus, and Giroux
October 2009
Review copy received from publisher

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1 comment:

3T said...

I just finished it too, and loved it! I'm going to have to order the rest of her books.