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TheBookofJules

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Wild Song - Jane Eagland I was immediately drawn to this book because it said it was for dyslexic readers. Although I don't teach dyslexic students, I do teach students whose native language isn't English. I thought that a book like this would be perfect for them considering the blurb on netgalley said it to be at a 3rd grade reading level. In terms of difficulty, I'd say it's spot on and I would recommend this to my students. I am always looking for books that they can read and so far most of the books I've given them have been a bit too difficult. It was refreshing to find something that would be challenging for them, but simplistic enough not to scare them off.

In terms of plot, I wouldn't say this was a romance. This book was more a mystery novel than anything else. I'm actually a little baffled by the synopsis on Goodreads because it doesn't ring true to the novel itself. It is certainly atmospheric, but I don't see how it is romantic. Other than the few encounters between Anna and rob (his name is spelled like this in the novel, which isn't explained - why isn't the first letter capitalized? Does anyone know?), there was no romance. There were a few scenes where Anna blushed, but considering this is recommended for ages 13+, I hardly think that blushing scenes will mean anything.

I also think it would be suitable for ages 10+, to be honest. This read more like a middle grade book in terms of plot sophistication and there was nothing in it that would make me wary of letting a younger-than-thirteen-year-old read it other than the mention of a gun. I think the concept of deception and betrayal is deeply ingrained in most cultures - and these two concepts are dealt with.

Overall, this was a fast and enjoyable read. I was so happy to read something on my students' reading level and I will be happy to recommend this to them. Eagland has an easy reading style and her sentences flowed smoothly together. I would recommend it to younger readers or those who want to read but struggle, either because of dyslexia or the like or because English isn't their first language. I hope to see more books for dyslexic readers/reluctant readers on the market.