Children of Exile

exile Children of Exile, by Margret Peterson Haddix, is a story about children being exiled (get it) from a safe, comfortable town and being moved to a dangerous, cruel town. The book follows Rosi (the main character), her little brother Bobo, and Rosi’s friend Edwy. Rosi,-as a character- is very forgettable, everything she does in this story is fueled by “the right or logical thing to do.” She could’ve been replaced with any other kid (excluding Edwy) and the story would have been exactly the same. Which is an issue because the story seems to want to say something about raising children, growing up, (etc), yet all the reader gets as a message is “don’t hurt children.” Bobo also has no character traits either, but he is very young in the story so he is excused. Edwy, on the other hand, is WAY too characterized for a secondary character. If he was the protagonist the story would’ve been much more interesting. He actually gives an interesting opinion on Fredtown (the town the kids were exiled from) that I won’t spoil, and Rosi spends half of the story saying Edwy is evil. Another issue with this story is how the story handles violence. It tries to be dark and meaningful but holds back until halfway through the book. The book spends a lot of time on Rosi’s mother hitting her and then just randomly has a character pull out a knife. And the last issue with the story is the ending is the ending, that I will not spoil, the ending is very unoriginal and overused. I wouldn’t say the story is horrible because it is a little creative at times and at least TRIES to say something about life. I would say it is bland but it has some potential. – E. Lurie

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