March 29, 2011

Deed So by Katharine Russell

Deed So by Katharine Russell tells the story of a young small town girl who always seems to land in some pretty sticky situations.  It's 1962, and 12 year old Haddie is a really sweet and good girl.  She loves and obeys her parents, attends church regularly and gets good grades.  Sure, she smokes and drinks occasionally, but hey, no one's perfect!  She dreams of the day that she can escape the dreary and mundane life of Wicomico Corners, Maryland.

But life that year was anything but dreary and mundane.  Life that year was filled with confusion, fear and heartache.  When Haddie becomes witness to a murder trial, her world begins to change.

The time period in which this book is written allows there to be many very heavy themes and they all come in to play here.  Russell writes about segregation issues, she touches on women's rights, and she dives into the crisis at Vietnam.  Aside from that, this book is packed full of action, including murder, scandal, arson, and kidnapping.

Although it seems to have quite a few themes, it comes together nicely in the end.  When all is said and done, it's a story about how a small town community can survive anything when they work together.
4 Stars.

1 comment:

  1. I would love to read this one. Thanks for sharing your thoughts.


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