We read every night. The Beauty Queen is especially fond of reading. She devours books. It’s a beautiful thing to witness. I want to encourage her, and my other kiddos to continue to develop a love of reading and helping them discover good books to read is something I enjoy.
Sidney Gale has written a book for tweens and teens called Unto the Breach. In many ways the story reminded me of the kiddos’ Uncle Jordan who studied Sail Boating and now travels the world on a boat, though that may be where the similarities remain.
Gale weaves a story of suspense as three teenage boys and their high school teacher take a sailing trip together. There’s rivalry between Eric, a typical boy and Rob, an incredibly privileged boy. The third boy, Anthony, seems lost in the story with the hostility building between Rob and Eric. Then the sailing trip goes terribly wrong and the teacher suffers a life-threatening injury. It’s here that Anthony comes to life and shows he truly is an integral part of the story.
Perhaps it’s my age (let’s face it I’m far beyond those tween/teen years), but the story seemed to stall and move slowly in the beginning. I kept putting it down, unable to get into the upcoming class trip and the details between the boys and their parents. Once they were all in the boat and on the water it began to pick up and the story became something I could lose myself in as it unfolded.
I enjoyed watching the characters develop and appreciated the approach where they left the shore as boys and as the need for them to think, act and lend aid in the crisis they emotionally grew up. They must maintain the duties of the sailboat, survive and perform serious surgery before the book ends.
I’m still undecided if I think this is a topic for my soon to be ten year old. While she is mature, it might be something I’m not ready to expose her to just yet.
This story is probably more appealing to young men, but interesting enough to capture a girl’s thrill of adventure.
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