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      “Kindred Souls” by Patricia MacLachlan is about a young boy and his grandfather’s friendship.

      “Kindred Souls” by Patricia MacLachlan is about a young boy and his grandfather’s friendship. Jake is a joyful but worrisome kid, while Billy is an easy-going and understanding man.

 

     All that Billy really wants is a sod house like the one he grew up in, and he wants Jake to build him one. Jake is in a dilemma trying to decide if he should do it. He doesn’t want to, but he doesn’t want to upset Billy.

 

     Although the beginning is slow the detail is great! Illustrations may not be in the book but they form in your mind.

 

     At some parts of the book tragedy is everywhere, but most of the time joy overwhelmed the pages. Tears came into my eyes or happiness rushed through me. The details made me feel like I was there myself.

 

     One thing I wanted to know was how the old sod house was destroyed. Did Billy and Jake’s family knock it down or was the house damaged by weather?

 

     Patricia MacLachlan also is the author of “Sarah, Plain and Tall” and “Skylark”. These books are different from “Kindred Souls”, but a similarity that stands out is that they are both about family.

 

     This 119 page book has mixed feelings and is a very enjoyable read. I recommend this book for people the age of 8-12. “Kindred Souls” is a book that shows that you can do anything if you try.