Saturday, April 9, 2016

Cimarron Girl by Mike Blanc : ARC Book Review

Title: Cimarron Girl
Author: Mike Blanc
Publisher: Vanita Books
Published Date: May 1st 2016
Genre: Historical Fiction, Children's
Page Count: 52
Format: Kindle

My Rating: ★ ★ ★

Goodreads Summary: 
The story is a fictional recollection of young Abigail’s experiences on the family’s Oklahoma prairie farm. Located in Cimarron, the heart of the Dust Bowl, Abby’s first-person account chronicles key episodes each year as the depth of the drought unfolds. As she grows, personal perspectives are woven from actual events. Readers experience the challenges, sacrifices, and dreams of farmers, whose story of loss was echoed by the millions. The Brubakers struggle to hold their family farm, face harsh realities, and hope for a new start in California. A journey across the southwest over legendary Route 66 carries adventure, a chance meeting, and peels back several layers of the Great Migration.

Cimarron Girl, The Dust Bowl Years of Abigail Brubaker, reflects Dust Bowl history, but moreover, it’s a story about family. When challenges are faced, virtues are to be lived. Courage, fortitude, and kindness are underlying themes at the soft heart of Cimarron Girl.

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 My Review:

"I was still a young girl when it all started to change. The weather changed. The sky changed. Everything changed. I didn't really understand why till I was older, but it still seemed like the whole world got thirsty."

I feel like this book was more of a biography of what happened to someone during the depression instead of being more of a children's book.
I did really enjoy it and I did find it really easy to read. I'm not sure younger children would like it though because there weren't any funny quotes really or laughable moments that happened sadly.

I did like Abby and how even though she was a young character and we saw her go from a younger age to about twelve years old and how she grows to understand the dust bowel as a child and deals with her parents decisions. She was so close her parents and I loved that bond that they had and she never hated them for having to make tough decisions which is always refreshing.

I really liked the illustrations and they really helped the story flow in  my opinion and helped get what was happening across.


Overall I would say this is for older children or children that don't mind not many funny moments happening in a book.

Thank you to Netgalley and Vanita Books for an e-ARC of this book in exchange for my honest review.

"Abby girl, families with hope, and an ounce of luck, can build from their dreams. Today I can say, we have real hope."


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