July 2011 – Jack and Jill

In Book Review, Miscellaneous, Reading Groups on June 29, 2011 at 12:59 pm

Let’s face it we are all busy people, so this month we will be reading a Quick Read. Quick Reads are described as perfect for people on the go. As we have Lucy Cavendish appearing at Willesden Green Library on Friday 15 July it only seems right that we discuss one of Lucy’s books.

Jack and Jill is the disturbing tale of a small boy Jack and his devoted sister. Nobody has ever heard Jack speak, except Jill. They communicate in a secret language that nobody can understand. The book had us gripped when  Jack witnesess an incident. We want to know whether this is the trigger that will finally move Jack to speak.

Running through the story is Jill’s pursuit to understand why her mum is dumping her and Jack in the country? Why did her dad leave and she’s not allowed to talk about it? She doesn’t know why her aunt and uncle give her and Jack strange looks, or why they’re being talked about in the village. With a local country boy Jill decides to find out what’s going on and uncovers the appalling truth behind brother Jack’s silence.

We think this is a beautiful little book that has been really well written.

Get involved with this month’s discussion for the Virtual Book Group. We hope that you can join us!

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