Sarah's Stars

Jay Hosler. The Sandwalk Adventures
Active Synapse  US$20.00  ISBN 0-9677255-1-8  155 pg.
Reviewed by Rachael, Age 12

“A surprising number of stories have been read to me, and I like all if moderately good, and if they do not end unhappily- against which a law ought to be passed.” (Charles Darwin)

The great Flycatcher. The one and only god… according to the mites living inside his left eyebrow. They have even developed tales of him, and how he had created life. My favourite is the story of the Great Ship. Though there are many fascinating stories of Flycatcher’s life, I regret to say that none of these tales are completely true. Our protagonist, Mara, discovers this as she manages to communicate with the great flycatcher himself. She figures out that all the mites have been saying is completely untrue. Not only does Mara learn that these stories are misguided, she learns a great deal about life, death, and evolution! When Mara tries to bring these deep thoughts back to her family, they do not approve. Driven to (literally) the tip-top of the old eyebrow, she finally understands all that the great Flycatcher was telling her. She finally discovers it’s time to move on.

This story is filled with knowledge and humour. I loved it! Very detailed illustrations help you to understand the characters emotions. This story is great for people who love to learn more about evolution, but still have fun while doing it.

I would recommend this novel for ages 10-14 because the language is rather advanced, and in areas I even had trouble understanding all of those complex theories!  A lovely adventure in evolution, Sandwalk Adventures merits four shining stars.

A story, according to my taste, does not come into the first class unless it contains some person whom one can thoroughly love, and if it be a pretty woman all the better.” (Charles Darwin)

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