This week, Reading Crew member Marissa stopped by to tell us a little bit about a book that she's been reading called A Land Remembered, by Patrick D. Smith.
This book is about the generations of the MacIvey family as they make the best out of life as Florida crackers. You go through three generations of MacIveys and how they go from just scraping by in the scrub eating coons to living on the prairie with herds of cattle and groves of orange trees.
In the beginning we see Tobias and Emma with their son Zech and it ends with Zech and Glenda's son Sol. They make lots of friends that stand by them along the way, through losses and troubles, like Skillit, Bonzo, Frog, and the Seminole Indian Tribe. In the book you also experience the development of Florida, changing from swaps and forests to cities and streets. You are able to see how they drive cattle, plant orange trees and accommodate food to survive.
What I liked: I find it interesting to see how people lived back then and how there were no cars and they were able to ride horses across the whole state in a relatively short amount of time.
What I didn't like: The book wasn't my favorite. It was my summer book project for school. I found it depressing because of all of the deaths.
So, how did Marissa rate A Land Remembered, by Patrick D. Smith?
She gives is three and a half out of five baby giraffes.