Willow is a story written for young readers, but this book is perfectly suitable for all ages.
The storyline in this book is really quite nice. There is enough excitement to keep the reader entertained, while still allowing ample room for character development. The story follows a young, educated, slave girl, Willow, as she faces challenges on the plantation she lives. Willow spends time each day writing letters in a journal to her long dead mother. One day when out writing at her usual spot; Willow sights some escaped slaves as they cross through the plantation she lives into the North. Then the story really takes off…
The characters in this book are really phenomenal. All of the characters are easy to relate to and understand, but Willow is especially so. All of Willow’s emotions just seem so real and true. It’s easy to image her as an actual young, slave girl living on a fair plantation.
The writing in this book is very pleasant. The author does a really good job of writing dialogue in an easy to understand manner, even when the accents are heavy. The dialogue is also written in a very believable manner, making it easy to imagine the characters actually conversing. The author also does a really good job of writing for a younger audience. The vocabulary isn’t as intense as it would be in an adult book, but the story doesn’t lose anything because of it.
Overall, I really enjoyed this book. While it wasn’t one of the best books I’ve ever read, it was certainly an enjoyable (and emotional) young-adult story that does a fantastic job of bringing a face to slavery. I would highly recommend this book to any young readers (or teachers) looking for a book about slavery and the true meaning of being free.
I received this book for review purposes via NetGalley.