What would you do if you saw someone committing unimaginable acts of cruelty? Turn the other way or defend those in need—no matter the cost?
That’s the dilemma thrust upon Persimmon, a clever and compassionate raccoon, and her loyal forest friends in “Persimmon Takes On Humanity”—Book One of the YA series, The Enlightenment Adventures. Instantly, the courageous critters spring into action, risking their own lives to rescue any animal they see suffering at the hands of humans (in places like fur farms and circuses). What the team doesn’t know is just how rampant this violence really is, and soon their exciting rescue missions turn shockingly dangerous and deadly.
In “Vincent and The Dissidents” (Book Two of The Enlightenment Adventures), while Persimmon and The Enlighteners continue their daring efforts to rescue all animals who are suffering, little do they know that Vincent—the cunning mink who helped the team liberate a fur farm—has been assembling an army. Vincent and The Dissidents are conducting their own rescue missions, but their violent tactics against humans are quickly leading to catastrophic consequences.
Meanwhile, just as Persimmon and The Enlighteners are mounting their most ambitious rescue so far, a tragic incident alters Persimmon’s life forever and jeopardizes the fate of The Enlighteners.
Plot: An intelligent story of rescue and revenge, this inspiring yet dark tale is plotted with precision, allowing multiple animal viewpoints to take on potent psychological force.
Prose: Descriptions of animals tortured and suffering for human consumption or monetary gain, along with inventive introspection, enkindle empathy as well as moral awareness. The well-crafted prose elicits powerful emotions, drawing attention to a world intent on subjugating and killing animals, rather than respecting their right to live in freedom.
Originality: Personification of animals remains a staple in children’s and young adult fiction, yet rarely does a novel reach out to readers in such a sophisticated fashion. Buried deep within each of the animal characters is a feeling, thinking creature more sympathetic than some human beings.
Character Development: Abused animals in domestic and commercial environments are portrayed with human characteristics in a moving fashion. The characters are fully formed and believable, and readers will care about their lives and stories.
Date Submitted: April 26, 2018