Teen Book Club

Wednesday, December 30, 2009

The Brothers Story by Katherine Sturtevant

Hope, 14
11/28/2009 12:17:50 PM
Katherine Sturtevant
The Brothers Story
Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Describe the most compelling aspect of the book:
Kit always tries to make the best of a situation.
Should this be nominated for Teens' Top Ten? Why?
1 How did it ever get published?
Kit has always been his twin brother Christy's keeper. Christy has been 'simple' since birth. Their father has died, they are dirt poor and thier mother likes thier baby brother more then them. When the huge frost of 1683 hits, thier baby brother freezes to death. Thier mother decides to ship them off as servants to a wealthier man in thier Essex villiage. But thier new master is cruel and odd. Kit decides that he's had enough of being his brothers keeper. He sets off for London Town, a place of plenty. But plenty of what? Trouble? Pain? Hunger? Love? Wealth? Kit is going to find out. This book started out a 4 and a half star book. Then, it started slipping and it never got the ground back under it's feet. You read more about brothels and houses of ill repute then brotherly love or family commitment. If the book hadn't been so tawdry, the plotline would have been enough to make it at least four stars.
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