Monday, September 23, 2013

Samurai Summer by Ake Edwardson

Samurai Summer is a coming of age story set in a Swedish Summer Camp in the 60s. Kenny is the main character, who is 12 years old and will be too old to return to the camp after this, his final summer. Kenny considers himself a samurai and is the leader of his group of friends who are his samurai in training. They are planning and building a "castle" in the woods that has become a home away from home for all of them.

There is a war raging between the kids and the adults who run the camp, and Kenny and his friends are determined to win. As the story transpires, tension builds along with foreshadowing, reeling the reader in for the grand finale.

A very insightful story! The reader is allowed a window into the mind of a 12-year-old who has very little trust for adults, but finds that kids find strength when they band together.Adults will benefit from reading this book to be reminded what it was like to be a kid with little understanding of how the world works and very little power to defend against adults who want to control you and in some cases prey upon you. It will also benefit children, teaching them about the power of self discipline and also how cooperation with others, even those we may not otherwise like, can help us to reach our goals.

I received a free copy of this book through Goodreads First Reads.

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