Posts Tagged ‘Jodi Picoult’

small-great-thingsWhen Ruth Jefferson, a labour and delivery nurse with more than twenty years’ experience working in a small U.S hospital is told she is no longer permitted to touch the new-born infant she had recently attended, her world is shattered.  Then, when three days later, the baby dies while momentarily left in her care, Ruth finds herself at the centre of a court case accused of negligent homicide.  With her world imploding, this single mother who has only ever tried to do what is right and good for her family, her friends, her co-workers and her patients, finds herself alone.  Grappling to be understood by those around her, the only solace she can find is to trust the white, middle class lawyer who has been appointed by the court – a person whose life experience is the complete antithesis of her own.  Another compelling and well written page turner from Jodi Picoult which focuses on the complex issue of racism that plagues communities across the US.

Rating:  *****
Theme Fiction: 
Social Problems
Suitable:  Year 9-12+

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Although all of Picoult’s books fit the same mould, some stand out as being better than others.  This is one of them.   Jacob, who in addition to having Asperger’s, has a fascination with forensic criminology.  It comes as no surprise that he becomes the  centre of a murder investigation.  As per all of the novels by Jodi Picoult, this one is thoroughly researched with clear and believable statements about the characteristics of Asperger’s, its impact on both the family and the individual, as well as the complex issues of a forensic investigation.  A very good read.

Rating: *****
Theme Fiction:
Person to Person
Suitable: Year 10-12

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