The Life of Pi by Yann Martel is a tale that, as said at the beginning, will "make you believe in God."? It tells the story of Piscine - that's "Pea-seen"? "“ Patel, also known as Pi. Pi is a young boy growing up in India, were his father runs a zoo. Over the course of his childhood, Pi somehow manages to become a practicing Hindu, Christian, and Muslim. When asked why he couldn't choose one religion, Pi responds "I just want to love God."? When Pi is a teenager, his family decides to move to Canada and so they depart on a journey across the Pacific on a cargo ship. Along the way, the ship runs into trouble and sinks. Pi now finds himself the only human survivor in a life boat floating at sea. Accompanying him is a hyena, an orangutan, a zebra, and a 450-pound male Bengal tiger. This story is an interesting study in religion and human nature, but is easiest to handle when thought of as a story of survival. There is some drag to the story, especially at the beginning and very middle, but nothing too overwhelmingly dull. Martel manages to keep the reader attentive and makes sure that the end of the novel will make anyone stop and take a second look at what they've just read. But it's best not to worry about the future of Pi and simply focus on the now. As for a content rating, I'd say it's around PG-13, but it's certainly manageable for a slightly younger age.
The Witch Of Blackbird Pond by Elizabeth George Speare
Rating: Good (4)
From the moment Kit Tyler arrived on the shores of Wethersfield, Connecticut, she didn't fit in. Having been raised solely by her grandfather on the island country of Barbados, Kit had been spoiled all her life. After the sudden demise of her grandfather, however, Kit had to move in with her only other living relatives, her late mother's sister and her family, who lived in Wethersfield. Once there, she was surrounded by suspicion because of her peculiar behavior and her uncanny ability to swim (which the colonists recognized as a trait of a witch). This book follows Kit on her journey to fit in into a conformist society of 17th century colonial America, and the rumors that surrounded her because of her affiliation with Hannah Tupper, a lonely widow who was suspected of practicing witchcraft. The plot was a little slow in some parts and took a while to get interesting at the beginning, but overall it was a good read. I really liked it because of the few romantic sections that the author scattered throughout the book and the unsuspected twist at the end.