Hiya everyone, it’s Sarah!
I received this as an eARC through Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review.
Title: Small Mercies
Author: Bridget Krone
Mercy lives with her two foster aunts in South Africa. She has been shuttered from a few homes, but she truly loves her eccentric aunts. However, their unique way of looking at life concerns child services and Mercy is desperate to not be taken away from her aunts. Their house is in a constant state of disrepair, Mercy never does the right thing at school, and one of her aunts is acting weirder than normal. Mercy’s aunts take in a boarder, in hopes to earn enough money to get good care for her aunt with Alzheimer’s disease. This is alot for a little girl to handle, but with the support of family and friends, anything is possible.
This was a strange book, in the way that many of the middle grade eccentric books are. I appreciated the fact that it was set in South Africa and discussed social/historical issues surrounding this country. This is something I have not seen frequently. I had hoped for more growth and regarding the idea of kindness and bullying. I think it was an adequate book, but I think by fully developing the arc of standing up for others would have truly pushed this book into an exceptional range.
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