Friday, March 9, 2012

Debut Spotlight: The Land of Decoration


Description:

A mesmerizing debut about a young girl whose steadfast belief and imagination bring everything she once held dear into treacherous balance


In Grace McCleen's harrowing, powerful debut, she introduces an unforgettable heroine in ten-year-old Judith McPherson, a young believer who sees the world with the clear Eyes of Faith. Persecuted at school for her beliefs and struggling with her distant, devout father at home, young Judith finds solace and connection in a model in miniature of the Promised Land that she has constructed in her room from collected discarded scraps—the Land of Decoration. Where others might see rubbish, Judith sees possibility and divinity in even the strangest traces left behind. As ominous forces disrupt the peace in her and Father's modest lives—a strike threatens her father's factory job, and the taunting at school slips into dangerous territory—Judith makes a miracle in the Land of Decoration that solidifies her blossoming convictions. She is God's chosen instrument. But the heady consequences of her newfound power are difficult to control and may threaten the very foundations of her world.

With its intensely taut storytelling and crystalline prose, The Land of Decoration is a gripping, psychologically complex story of good and evil, belonging and isolation, which casts new and startling light on how far we'll go to protect the things we love most.


12 comments:

  1. I'm totally hooked. Your review is wonderful and the trailer was too!

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  2. First of all, I could listen to her accent all day:) Second, what I wouldn't give for an imagination like that! I have my creative moments, but mind doesn't quite work like hers:)

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  3. I had kind of been on the fence about this but you've made me want to read it. And aren't book trailers just the best?

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  4. I just got this one for review, and am so excited about it! It looks to be a great book, and I can't wait to get started. Thanks for sharing this book trailer. It was wonderful!

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  5. A ten year old with such strong convictions..has to be an interesting story here.

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  6. This does sound like an unusual story and makes me wonder what happens to her world later in the novel.

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  7. Aww, this book sounds so sweet and touching! <3 I usually only read books with protagonists that are around my age (because I can always connect with them better than adult books), but I adore characters like ten-year-old Judith and I know she'll be a heroine that I'll be able to connect with because of her steadfast determination. :)

    Thanks a million for sharing this, Mrs. Q!

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  8. oh man! this book looks amazing and i love the trailer. i'm with jenny! i could listen to her voice all day. i wonder if there is an audio book version and whose the narrator for it. this might be worth listening to if its her.

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  9. I can't wait to read this! Heading to the bookstore!!
    ~Beth :-)

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  10. This sounds really interesting! I hadn't heard of it before but I'll definitely be keeping my eye out for it.

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  11. Wow! I had not heard of this one. It sounds amazing. I love the cover!

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