Author: Chris Crowe
Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers
Released: October 7, 2014
It’s 1968, and war is not foreign to seventeen-year-old Ashe. His dogmatic, racist father married his passionate peace-activist mother when she became pregnant with him, and ever since, the couple, like the situation in Vietnam, has been engaged in a “senseless war that could have been prevented.”
When his high school history teacher dares to teach the political realities of the war, Ashe grows to better understand the situation in Vietnam, his family, and the wider world around him. But when a new crisis hits his parents’ marriage, Ashe finds himself trapped, with no options before him but to enter the fray.
I am so grateful I was sent a copy of this book for review. I never would have picked this up on my own. The cover and title didn’t grab me so typically I wouldn’t even have read the summary on this one. And even if I had read the summary I’m not a fan of war or history or politics and don’t enjoy reading poetry so odds are I would have left this book on the shelf.
Death Coming Up the Hill is written in verse. The entire book is written in Haiku form. It’s a 200 page long book that I read in less than an hour. It is honestly very well done and once you get the rhythm of the writing down it is very easy to read.
Perhaps it helped that I started this one with low expectation. I didn’t think I would enjoy this one – boy was I wrong.
Give this once a chance. You might be as impressed as I was.
Rating: 5 Stars
Content: a couple swear words
Source: Review Copy
Purchase a copy: Amazon.com