Stealing Death by Janet Lee Carey
Stealing Death by Janet Lee Carey is a book I really wanted to like. It has an unusual YA setting — a desert land of red sandstone and small villages; a great premise — a young boy (Kipp) who steals the sack Death uses to collect souls so no more have to die; an exciting, emotional beginning with all but one of Kipp’s family killed in a fire; and a pattern of inserting small folktales into the larger narrative.
But for all that I wanted to love this book, and for all its emotional weight of theme and character — death, guilt, love, family responsibility, aging — it had a curiously removed feel to it. Part of it was that once we had followed Kipp from the fire that left him with only his little sister to the new fields he was forced to work to when he steals the sack of the Gwali (death-catcher), the book bec... Read More
Janet Lee CareyJanet Lee Carey was born in New York, raised in Mill Valley, California, and now lives near Seattle, Washington. She’s married and has three sons. When not writing books or articles, she’s off somewhere teaching a writing workshop. She does ordinary things too like clean house, cook dinner, walk in the rain, and stare out windows. Learn more at Janet Lee Carey’s website.
Stealing Death by Janet Lee Carey
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