Monday, March 5, 2012

Promise the Night review

Promise the Night is a fictionalized account of Beryl Markham's life growing up in British East Africa. She's incredibly headstrong, determined to do whatever the boys in the Nandi tribe are doing (including hunting lions), and has a tendency to disregard any sort of authority. Sounds like a typical tomboy, right? Markham definitely fits the role.

What begins as the story of a mischievous little girl blossoms into an inspirational adventure. At first, Beryl wishes to work with horses and ends up becoming one of the best horse breakers in all of Africa. Eventually, she's introduced to the airplane and falls instantly in love with the idea of flying, again, becoming extremely successful and what she puts her mind to, especially for a female during this particular time period.

Told in both story format and in various interviews, newspaper articles, letters, and journal entries, the intriguing life of Beryl Markham and her feisty attitude come to life. A great read for girls looking for an inspirational role model!

Promise the Night
Michaela MacColl
264 pages
Middle Grade
Chronicle
9780811876254
January 2012
Review copy

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