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5 Stars Out Of 5
Can't Put It Down
October 25, 2010
AS EAGLES by Alison Winfree Pickrell is a heartwarming tale of an elderly widow, a neglected eleven-year-old girl, and a handicapped black man, and how their lives intersect when Trinka, the young girl, moves into their area. Each of the characters moves toward faith as exemplified by courage. I really enjoyed this book and found it to be a page turner. It was definitely a "can't put it down until it's done" kind of a book.
I agree with Rebecca - this is a most unusual book, unusual in a very good sense. The ending (actually the characters just before the ending) really got me and Junior made me laugh out loud. Trust a 'retarded' person to have lots of common sense. Georgia is a bit of an enigma, but it all fits together. I am glad the author knew what to do with the character of Trinka's mom. Whew!In a reprint I hope the editor gets the lay vs lie mess sorted out. - And the three euphemistic cursing instances can very easily be changed or left out without any damage to the story. This would be five stars but.. the latter concern ruins that.I will get me The Den of Lions and Unto the Least of These. The Last Cordate is too 'spooky' judging by the description.
This book is unlike any I've ever read. Trinka's (and Ms. Pickrell's) imagination is phenomenal. Ms. Pickrell's ability to evoke the reader's senses immediately placed me in my grandmother's orderly home. The symbolism of the Ugly Duckling was apt, and the ending was surprising, not predictable like so many books.
The author draws us into an unusual combination of an old woman's faith in the Scriptures, and an abandoned child's faith in her own imagination and resourcefulness. There is something for everyone - action, suspense, a solid moral to be learned, fears to overcome, good versus evil, innocent humor, memories of love, and even garter belt revelations! The book is a quick, creative read and leaves the reader hopeful for the future of the characters.
In an astounding and profound coming of age story Trinka McDaniels, Junior, and Mrs. Collins lives are about to come crashing together. Out of the wreckage eagles are born! You can only love Trinka an eleven year old cast away child whose life is filled with fear and her imaginary friends. She lives alone because her mother's new boyfriend "don't want no kids." Trinka does well in school, but she subsists on Trix and Mac and Cheese. Her best friends are the solitary pieces of furniture in her tiny house. She doesn't know anything better and longs only to be seen and not ignored. Mrs. Collins unintentionally banished herself from the world. She won't even go out for the groceries. But when the new owner of the grocery changes the store's delivery policy, she needs someone to buy things for her. Trinka needs the dollar she earns each week from Mrs. Collins--to eat. Trinka's neighbor is an enormous retarded man, Junior. Junior becomes her project. He needs her, and Trinka needs to help. Three people bound together by need and soon bound together in courage. Out of the wreckage eagles are born. A beautiful and well written tale that touches hearts and minds--don't miss it.