I have seen Amy Rebecca Tan’s A Kind of Paradise recommened by many people and as it is set in a library I just couldn’t resist it.
Thirteen-year-old Jamie Bunn made a mistake at the end of the school year. A big one. And every kid in her middle school knows all about it. Now she has to spend her summer vacation volunteering at the local library—as punishment. What a waste of a summer!
Or so she thinks.
A Kind of Paradise is an unforgettable story about the power of community, the power of the library, and the power of forgiveness.
I loved this book. It was exactly the kind of cosy, comfirting read I need at the moment. As a celebration of libraries and community it is perfect but the plot is also engaging and you can’t help rooting for the characters. Piecing together what happened to Jamie at school makes for fun problem solving as well.
I spent a lot of time at the library as a child – I would take out as many books as I was allowed and would quite happily have taken more and read them too. They are such a fantastic resource and although they are closed at the moment this book reminds us of that. I would highly recommend it to any book lover.
A Kind of Paradise by Amy Rebecca Tan