At the turn of the 20th century, life in rural Indiana was significantly different from today. Farm families "made do." In other words, they raised or hunted the meat they ate. They grew or gathered the vegetables for the table. They made most of the things they wore, the bedding they slept on and much of the furniture for the home. There were no shopping malls, supermarkets or items available to purchase at the click of a computer mouse. Life was survival and it took all members of the family and their skills to keep a household going. Gabe is a member of such a household and has learned the skills for survival that have been passed down from generation to generation from the frontier days. These skills are put into play as the young adventurer faces challenge after challenge on that greatest of adventures called life.
(Synopsis taken from Amazon)
Gabe's Triumph definitely made my top ten books read in 2011 list. The author did a great job creating characters that you can identify with. Gabe was very innocent and sheltered when it came to the outside world, which I liked. It added a fun viewpoint to the story. I was a little confused as to why Mikey changed his name to Logan and wish the author would have elaborated on that a bit more. The book gave a great view point on the twentieth century. The end of The Great Depression could have been covered a little bit more throughly. The poems in the back of the book were great also, and added a little extra to the book. This coming of age book will make you laugh, cry, bcome angry, and become happy. I highly reccomend that you put it on your to be read list.
I give Gabe's Triumph: 4/5
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Reviewed by: Kayla Merritt