Mother Daughter Book Reviews is pleased to provide a review of the middle grade fantasy “Bekka of Thorns” by Steve Shilstone. Review completed by Danielle (the daughter).
Title: Bekka of Thorns (The Bekka Chronicles, Book 1) | Author: Steve Shilstone | Publication Date: June 1, 2010 | Publisher: Wild Child Publishing | Pages: 80 | Recommended Ages: 8-12 | Reviewed by: Danielle (Daughter)
Book Description: On the world of Boad, Bekka and Karro of Thorns, a pair of young hedge-dwellers, dare to leave the tunnels and bowers of home to seek adventure in the Woeful Wanderers’ Wasteland and uncover the lost city of Rumin — a strange choice for members of their clan, who stick close to the hedge and fear open spaces. Karro is known throughout the hedge as a silly clown. Bekka, ever watchful, never chatty, is called Silent Bekka by all. Misfits among their own kind, Bekka and Karro are bonded as dearest friends. Together they speculate about the identity of their parents, a piece of knowledge kept hidden from all hedge-dwellers. Bekka is determined to find the lost underground city of Rumin and to meet her share of mythical creatures, but she is afraid to go alone. She talks Karro into accompanying her, and the two step outside the hedge for the first time in their lives. They have no idea that their journey through the Woeful Wanderers’ Wasteland will uncover a wonderful secret much closer to home.
1. What is the book about?
This book tells the story of Bekka of Thorns who leaves her home, the hedge, to go on an adventure to the Wanderers’ Wasteland to look for the lost city of Rumin. However, Bekka is scared to go alone so she talks her best friend Karro (also known as Kar) of Thorns into going with her. Together, Bekka and Kar meet many mystical creatures on their journey away from the hedge that they had never even dreamed of leaving before; and, they uncover the strange truth about Kar’s parents.
2. Who are the main characters?
The main characters of this book are Bekka and Karro of Thorns who live in the hedge because everyone in the hedge fears open spaces. Bekka, who is called silent Bekka by everyone, rarely speaks to anyone other than Kar, who is known as the cracked melon because she is always goofing off and always pretending to faint. Together, Bekka and Kar must face their fears and leave the hedge, looking for things they only heard stories about.
3. What are your favorite parts of the book?
I liked it when Kar and Bekka left the hedge because it was their first time ever leaving the hedge. Kar seemed really excited about leaving the hedge and it reminded me of myself because I am very much like her. I’m always up for an adventure.
4. Was there anything that you didn’t like or that didn’t make sense?
At first, I didn’t really understand what everything was but as I got further in, I was able to get the idea of what some of the mystical creatures were. I did get kind of confused when there was the parts with the shapeshifter though, because I didn’t know if it was a shapeshifter or the actual person. I think there should have been more descriptions and explanations at the start of the story so I could understand things better.
5. What are some of the things you learned from the book?
I learned that you should always face your fears because if you don’t, you will miss out on the things you didn’t do. And when you realize that you are missing out, it might be too late to go back and change your mind.
6. What do you think of the book cover and other images?
I thought the cover was pretty cool. But it would be even better if it showed some of the magical creatures using pictures either on the cover or in the book. Other than that, it looks really nice and mysterious.
7. Overall, what did you think about the book?
I would give the book 4 stars. It was a really good and original story. I would be interested in reading the next books in the series.
8. Who do you think would like this book?
I think girls and boys 8-12 would like this book.
About the Author: Steve Shilstone