Small Mercies

Bridget Krone (Author) Karen Vermeulen (Illustrator)
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Product Details

Price
$11.95  $10.99
Publisher
Catalyst Press
Publish Date
February 25, 2020
Pages
162
Dimensions
5.0 X 7.9 X 0.7 inches | 0.85 pounds
Language
English
Type
Paperback
EAN/UPC
9781946395177

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About the Author

Bridget Krone lives in a village called Hilton in the foothills of the Drakensberg Mountains in South Africa. Her favorite stories are those that, just when you expect a lesson, sing a song instead.

Reviews

"Set in post-apartheid Pietermaritzburg, South Africa, this realistic story traces protagonist Mercy's quest to speak up for truth and, consequently, for herself. [...] Sensitive, funny, and tender." -- Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
"Mercy is a winning protagonist who is by turns anxious, observant, and brave. South Africa is represented in its diversity: Mercy is mixed race, her aunts are white, and neighbors, classmates, and community members are from a range of racial and cultural backgrounds. Short, episodic chapters in the book's first half build to an emotionally compelling conclusion that is rich in insights about community, family, and social action. VERDICT This novel has a gentle, timeless feel, complex secondary characters, and quirky humor. A heartfelt, human, and wise addition to middle grade shelves.--Elizabeth Giles, Lubuto Library Partners, Zambia (School Library Journal)
"Karen Vermeulen's simple line drawings complement Krone's text with appropriate whimsy. The short chapters are a nice treat for the reading level, particularly since the themes have a depth to them that take some reflecting. Krone notes that her "favorite stories are those that, just when you expect a lesson, sing a song instead." Small Mercies is just that surprising song, full of light and sweetness. Readers will carry the melody in their hearts long after the last page is turned." --New York Journal of Books