Raft of Stars by Andrew J Graff

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I’ve shared with you all recently before that I think I’m beginning to like reading historical fiction! It’s never been my go-to, but the books I’ve chose to read lately sure are!

Thank you Ecco for my gifted ebook in exchange for my honest review.

Synopsis: It’s the summer of 1994 in Claypot, Wisconsin, and the lives of ten-year-old Fischer “Fish” Branson and Dale “Bread” Breadwin are shaped by the two fathers they don’t talk about. One night, tired of seeing his best friend bruised and terrorized by his no-good dad, Fish takes action. A gunshot rings out and the two boys flee the scene, believing themselves murderers. They head for the woods, where they find their way onto a raft, but the natural terrors of Ironsforge gorge threaten to overwhelm them. Four adults track them into the forest, each one on a journey of his or her own. Fish’s mother Miranda, a wise woman full of fierce faith; his granddad, Teddy, who knows the woods like the back of his hand; Tiffany, a purple-haired gas station attendant and poet looking for connection; and Sheriff Cal, who’s having doubts about a life in law enforcement. The adults track the boys toward the novel’s heart-pounding climax on the edge of the gorge and a conclusion that beautifully makes manifest the grace these characters find in the wilderness and one another. This timeless story of loss, hope, and adventure runs like the river itself amid the vividly rendered landscape of the Upper Midwest.

I absolutely love this cover! It’s gorgeous! This is a true coming-of-age story that is extremely well written. I felt like this would be a piece of literature you’d find in a high school English classroom. It was a bit different than I had expected, but the plot and characters were so well developed, it really drew me in. There was even a bit of suspense there for me! All in all, and entertaining read.

4/5 Stars

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