Book of the Month for June 2008

The book of the Month selection was tough this month. I had set aside a book from last month, Becoming Naomi Leon by Pam Muñoz Ryan. I also read 2 other exceptional books-The Eye of the World, 1st of Robert Jordan’s Wheel of Time series, and the new Eoin Colfer book, Airman. As much as I enjoyed all of these, this month’s selection I found far more exciting – MADAPPLE by Christina Meldrum.

Christina Meldrum’s debut novel is an eye-opening, thought-provoking mystery. Going beyond the mystery, Meldrum delves into questions regarding faith, religion, science, and life. Madapple is outstanding in its depth and uniqueness. It has been published as a young adult book, but is definitely adult level as well.

Unique is certainly the word for it considering the different plot and concepts and the masterful meshing of plant lore with the story. A certain amount of open-mindedness is recommended as a reader. For myself, my first question is: how much was based on actual study-both the biology and the religious theory? My interest is piqued, and I want to learn more.

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