Devil’s Paintbox by Victoria McKernan

devils-paintbox-readSummary: In 1865, fifteen-year-old Aiden and his thirteen-year-old sister Maddy, penniless orphans, leave drought-stricken Kansas on a wagon train hoping for a better life in Seattle, but find there are still many hardships to be faced.

359 pages, Alfred A. Knopf


1 Comment

  1. This book had a very interesting plot that was quite unique. The main focus is on a boy befriending some Native Americans he met on the trail going West and his attempts to find a vaccine for the small-pox that is plaguing both the Native Americans and white settlers. I found that the story moved enough to keep me interested. However certain characters were very two dimensional, and even the more developed characters were not utilized as well as they might have been. The characters emotions were impossible for me to connect to and they were not focused on nearly enough to make the book feel complete. The writing style also switched back and forth from being quite good to being lacking. So while I enjoyed it I would not be likely to recommend it for an award or for someone with little historical interest to read.

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