The Orange Grove by Larry Tremblay
The Orange Grove by Larry Tremblay is one of the ten choices from the White Pine Book Award. The story takes place in an unnamed and war-torn country where twin brothers Amed and Aziz live in the sanctuary of the family’s orange grove. But when a bomb is dropped killing their grandparents, their father must choose how best to avenge his parents’ death, with tragic and unforeseen consequences.
Morally complex and completely unforgettable, The Orange Grove offers up a tragic fable about the absurd logic of terrorism, the power of brotherly love, and the hope for peace in a broken world.
Although geared for high school students the White Pine Award can tackle some pretty serious subject matter and is appropriate for adult readers as well. The award is part of The Forest of Reading® an initiative of the Ontario Library Association. The Forest helps celebrate Canadian books, publishers, authors and illustrators through the participation of schools and public libraries. All ten White Pine titles are available at the Haliburton County Public Library.
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