Mister Pip by Lloyd Jones

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Mister Pip by Lloyd Jones
Tue, 09-25-2012 - 3:15pm

Mister Pip by Lloyd Jones

From Booklist:

After the trouble starts and the soldiers arrive on Matilda’s island, only one white person stays behind. Mr. Watts, whom the kids call Pop Eye, wears a red nose and pulls his wife around on a trolley, and he steps in to teach the children when there is no one else. His only lessons consist of reading from his battered copy of Great Expectations, a book by his friend Mr. Dickens.

For Matilda, Dickens’s hero Pip becomes as real to her as her own mother, and the greatest friendship of her life has begun. Soon Mr. Watts’s book begins to inflame the children’s imaginations with dreams about Dickens’s London and the larger world. But how will they answer when the soldiers demand to know: where is this man named Pip?

Set against the stunning beauty of Bougainville in the South Pacific during the civil war in the early 1990s, Lloyd Jones’s breathtaking novel shows what magic a child’s imagination makes possible even in the face of terrible violence and what power stories have to fuel the imagination.

This is really two stories: the effect of Mr. Watts’ using Great Expectations to inspire the children’s imaginations, and how Matilda’s life changed once she left the island.  This novel is a lesson in the importance of imagination, and of the power of a single voice.



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Sat, 09-29-2012 - 9:21am
Sounds good, Roberta! It's added to my list.