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Black Dove, White Raven by Elizabeth Wein

Title: Black Dove, White RavenBlack Dove White Raven

Author: Elizabeth Wein

Publisher: Electric Monkey – Egmont Publishing

Published: March 5th, 2015

Rating: 4/5

This is a definitely different style of book and, although it is suggested it is for children, teenagers and young adults, I believe it will appeal to adults, too. It is written as a series of accounts and stories from different points of view. Em, a child growing up in racially prejudiced 1930s America, tells of her childhood, touring with her mother, Rhoda, her Mum’s best friend Delia Dupré and her son, Teodros Gedeyon – better known as Teo. Rhoda’s mum says the two women are soul mates, they don’t have to talk to understand each other. This is good because together, the women are an amazing aerial show team, both are great pilots and wing walkers and can take either role as they perform as Black Dove and White Raven. The only problem is when airfield owners object to mixed race audiences but they have decided to put up with this to raise funds to try to get to Ethiopia to give Teo a chance to live in a less prejudiced community, the community from which he late father originated. All is going well until a birdstrike results in a fatal crash, killing Delia and changing all their lives forever.

After recovering from her injuries on the family ranch, hears from Em’s father and decides to join him in Africa and get things ready for the two children to join her living in Ethiopia. They arrive just in time to witness the crowning of the Ethiopian emperor, Haile Selassie. Here life becomes a true adventure for the children, now teenagers, as the country is torn apart by war and their nationalities, customs and interactions keep life – and the story – a lively series of further life changing events. To find out more, you’ll really have to read this intriguing book yourself!

Thanks to the author, publishers and NetGalley, too, for letting me read this book in exchange for an honest review.

This book is available from a variety of sources including

amazon.co.uk    amazon.com     barnes and noble

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