What a beautiful, beautiful book. Sally Rippin has such a delightfully lyrical quality to her writing style, a cadence, that is best described as melodic. Angel Creek is no exception. It has just enough of everything…adventure, intrigue, a surprising (and refreshing) take on what Angels might be like, friendship, heartache and lots of giggles.
Angel Creek, really does have it all in terms of choosing a subject to hook those junior reluctant readers and rest assured that boys will enjoy this little novel as much as girls will. For those who love to read and are always looking for something new, Angel Creek will be a lovely addition to their reading list.
Jelly, Gino and Pik are vibrant, warm characters that endear themselves to the reader right from the outset.There is a magical family dynamic in Angel Creek that reminded me of Melina Marchetta and Glenda Millard.
Teachers will adore Angel Creek. Rich with teaching possibilities, I was delighted by the frequency of Sally’s use of similes, something not often seen these days. Angel Creek has many moral issues that lend themselves to valuable classroom discussions, and at the very least, will get your students thinking about the factors that determine when is something right and when is something wrong. Shared reading of Angel Creek could lead to discussions of environment, family, friendship, love and belief systems.
In short, I LOVED it. And so will you