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Score: 9.3/10  [1 review]
4 out of 5
ProdID: 2189 - Brother Sister Soldier Cousin
Written by Phyllis Johnston

Brother Sister Soldier Cousin
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$17.99
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June 2009

Brother Sister Soldier Cousin product reviews

The dog barks, the door opens, and Helen's life changes forever.

Brother Harry is home from fighting in Egypt - just for a while. He's a breath of fresh air in the midst of food rationing and twice-a-day milking. He teaches 13 year old Helen to drive, and to fire a rifle, just in case...

But Dad's heart is wonky, and sister Jess is an ice-queen. Then Harry lets slip that Helen's not actually who she thinks she is.

For Helen it's a dizzying job, finding the wisdom, courage and humour to "grit up" and get on with it.

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Review by: bronnie (Bronwyn)
Dated: 29th of July, 2009

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This Review: 9.3/10
Value for Money:
Score 9 out of 10
Level of Realism:
Score 10 out of 10
Rereadability:
Score 9 out of 10
Lose Track of Time:
Score 9 out of 10

I was drawn to this book for two reasons; a) it's based in New Zealand and b) it's during the war. This book was very enjoyable. It was an easy read, and i read it in a day.

Based in the Waikato area it follows a family during the Second World War. As the father was unfit to join the battlefield, it was the son Harry who enlisted to help fight for his country. It was also Harry that threw a bombshell into the family by forcing his parents to tell the youngest child Helen, that she wasn't their biological child. She was in fact their niece, therefore the children's cousin. Hence the title of the book.

There are moments of fear, humour, and wisdom. Helen shows the wisdom and courage to be able to talk to her biological mother, and find out about her biological father, and the children he has to his wife. In doing this, and coping with the loss of her Dad (the one who raised her) Helen realises that her Dad was the one that cared for her and no matter what, her heart would be forever with her parents, Harry and Jess.

The last 4 pages got the tear ducts working most of all, but the whole story was great, i couldn't put it down, it left me wanting to know more if i did. I think this would be a great teachers resource for primary to intermediate aged children.

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