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Sleeping Giants

By Rene Denfeld

8/10
(8/10)

289 pages

What’s it about?

Dennis Owen is just a small boy when he is placed at the Brightwood home for boys on the Oregon coast.  He is deemed to have significant problems, but he is trying to forge a connection with Ralph the custodian.  Within a year a new director is put in place and Dennis begins to disconnect.  When Dennis is washed out to sea at the age of nine no one questions it.  Twenty years later his sister Amanda wants to understand what happened to her older brother.  She goes to the coast and finds Brightwood long closed. With the help of others she begins to look into how Dennis died.

What did it make me think about?

The good and the bad in people.

Should I read it?

In my estimation Rene Denfeld is a gifted writer.  I appreciated both the  “The Enchanted” and “The Child Finder”.  However her books are sometimes just hard to read.  I gather that the author is a foster parent herself and very familiar with our juvenile system.  This makes her stories even harder to read…  I do appreciate that Ms. Denfeld sees the good in people as well as the bad.  This story in particular has many characters that forge meaningful relationships with young people. If you can take some sad aspects of a story- then this novel is really worth reading.  I will continue to take a deep breath and read what Rene Denfeld writes.  The stories are exceptional- even if they are heartbreaking.

Quote-

“There was something he wasn’t saying.  Amanda could feel it.  But she didn’t press.  Secrets were okay with her.”

What’s it about?

Dennis Owen is just a small boy when he is placed at the Brightwood home for boys on the Oregon coast.  He is deemed to have significant problems, but he is trying to forge a connection with Ralph the custodian.  Within a year a new director is put in place and Dennis begins to disconnect.  When Dennis is washed out to sea at the age of nine no one questions it.  Twenty years later his sister Amanda wants to understand what happened to her older brother.  She goes to the coast and finds Brightwood long closed. With the help of others she begins to look into how Dennis died.

What did it make me think about?

The good and the bad in people.

Should I read it?

In my estimation Rene Denfeld is a gifted writer.  I appreciated both the  “The Enchanted” and “The Child Finder”.  However her books are sometimes just hard to read.  I gather that the author is a foster parent herself and very familiar with our juvenile system.  This makes her stories even harder to read…  I do appreciate that Ms. Denfeld sees the good in people as well as the bad.  This story in particular has many characters that forge meaningful relationships with young people. If you can take some sad aspects of a story- then this novel is really worth reading.  I will continue to take a deep breath and read what Rene Denfeld writes.  The stories are exceptional- even if they are heartbreaking.

Quote-

“There was something he wasn’t saying.  Amanda could feel it.  But she didn’t press.  Secrets were okay with her.”

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