Friday, September 16, 2011
Promise the Night Review
Promise the Night by Michaela Maccoll
Genre: Juvenile Non-Fiction (Dec. 21, 2011)
Publisher: Chronicle Books
Source: Library Thing Early Review Win
Immediately compelling and action-packed, this carefully researched work of historical fiction introduces young readers to the childhood of the famous yet elusive Beryl Markham, the first person to fly solo from England to North America. As in her debut novel, Prisoners in the Palace, MacColl propels readers into a multilayered story with an unforgettable heroine and evocative language that brings the backdrop of colonial British East Africa to life. A fascinating read for anyone with a thirst for adventure.
I won this from Library Thing as part of their early reviewers program and I’m glad I won this great read.
I’d heard of Beryl Markham, but didn’t know anything about her. This book chronicles her formative years in Africa trying to find her way in the world despite she’s told “she’s a girl” and can’t do certain things. She had a little formal education, but learned how to be a warrior, how to fight, and became a horse trainer and pilot in a time when women were not thought of to hold those jobs.
It’s a great book for girls to read and full of adventure and shows girls that if they have a dream to not let anyone or anything stand in there way.
Thank you to Library Thing for allowing me to read and share this book with you.