This Tender Land

This Tender Land by William Kent Krueger felt like Huck Finn, Nickel Boys, and old-fashioned adventure stories all rolled into one. It had moments of excitement and interest for me, but overall, I didn’t love it. It was too long, too quiet, and too reminiscent of other books I have read. In a nutshell, it’s the story of boys who are at Lincoln School, a school where Native American children are sent to be educated after they have been separated from their parents. Two white orphaned brothers are also sent there and the younger of the brothers can’t stay out of trouble. The two siblings and two other friends finally run away. The book is the story of their friendship and journey. Amazon reports that if you liked “Where the Crawdads Sing” you will like this one. I beg to differ.

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