Tuesday, 20 August 2013
Review: Angel Creek by Sally Rippin
Released: February 4th, 2013
One night, Jelly and her cousins spot something in the creek's dark waters. At first they think it's a bird, but it isn't ...It's a baby angel with a broken wing. And they decide to keep it. But soon things start to go wrong, and Jelly discovers that you can't just take something from where it belongs and expect that it won't be missed ...Angel Creek is a book for anyone who has ever felt scared or brave or selfish or tough.
Angel Creek is a really lovely book that I only wish had been longer. It's set in Australia and is about 12-year-old Jelly and her cousins, Pik and Gino, who find a real life angel in the local creek. It's been likened to David Almond's The Skellig but, honestly, I think I preferred Angel Creek.
Angel Creek is one of those stories that moves slowly but surely, leaving clues all the way through. The angel itself is described brilliantly and I would have loved to see an illustration of it. All the characters are well realised, even those secondary to the story, and each has their own part to play. Jelly and her cousins are my favourite, not least because of their sheer determination to take care of this little creature that suddenly arrives in their lives.
Angel Creek covers many themes and issues, most notably family, loss and childhood innocence. It's subtle and quiet, but layered with so many underlying messages that I think a re-read will illuminate more than I originally thought. Author Sally Rippin reaches great depth with her characters considering how short the book is, and I'm surprised how much she was able to do in such a short time.
I would have liked this book to have been longer with more of the lovely little angel but, as a standalone children's story, it works very well and should inspire numerous discussions. It's a surprisingly good read!