ISBN: 1432869345
EAN13: 9781432869342
Language: English
Release Date: Sep 25, 2019
Pages: 677
Dimensions: 1.377953" H x 8.661417" L x 5.826772" W
Weight: 1.911408 lbs.
Format: Library Binding
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INSTANT NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELER

If you liked Where the Crawdads Sing, you'll love This Tender Land.This story is as big-hearted as they come. --Parade

A magnificent novel about four orphans on a life-changing odyssey during the Great Depression, from the bestselling author of Ordinary Grace.

1932, Minnesota--the Lincoln School is a pitiless place where hundreds of Native American children, forcibly separated from their parents, are sent to be educated. It is also home to an orphan named Odie O'Banion, a lively boy whose exploits earn him the superintendent's wrath. Forced to flee, he and his brother Albert, their best friend Mose, and a brokenhearted little girl named Emmy steal away in a canoe, heading for the mighty Mississippi and a place to call their own.

Over the course of one unforgettable summer, these four orphans will journey into the unknown and cross paths with others who are adrift, from struggling farmers and traveling faith healers to displaced families and lost souls of all kinds. With the feel of a modern classic, This Tender Land is an en-thralling, big-hearted epic that shows how the magnificent American landscape connects us all, haunts our dreams, and makes us whole.

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   This tender land
This is a coming of age story of four young people who have each overcome tragedy in their lives. They bond together as family, support and care for each other on a harrowing journey by canoe from Minnesota to St Louis, set during the Great Depression. The storyline and character profiles are very similar to The Lincoln Highway but I recommend reading both.
 
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   I had such high hopes!
The book could have been great. The writer is a good speaker. It drags on and on and is focused on God and what he should or should not do in people's lives. Parts of the story seem rushed and about halfway through you start looking at how many pages are left to read. I don't like to give up on a book, but I just can't finish this one.
 
3
   A fun read
Kent Krueger is a great story teller, but don't look for much depth in this book. It's fun with cartoonish characters. A book to help teenagers or adults forget their worries. It was entertaining until the religious stuff showed up. Normally, I would jump over it and read the end, but my book club needed more.
 
5
   A compelling story
The life of millions during The Great Depression should not be forgotten and this book tells about it. We have to remember our history so that we don't repeat our mistakes. If you are willing to learn how destructive discrimination can be, I recommend this land.
 
5
   Modern Huck Finn type story
Four children escaped the abuses of a white-owned and run Indian School in Minnesota and traveled to St. Louis. The years after WWI are around the time of the depression. They had a lot of adventures and difficulties along the way, but they learned a lot. Each child was special. The group included a troubled white boy and his younger brother who shared a very close bond, as well as a young girl with a special gift. It's worth the read!
 
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   I had to reorder this book
The first copy of this book was cut and bound in a way that made it look like 100 pages. I'm in the process of reading a novel and would give at least four stars, so the three star rating has nothing to do with it. Amazon was willing to send me a new copy. The second book was what I was promised. If you are ordering books, make sure to check through the books carefully and check what you can return. It's an excuse.
 
5
   Fantastical, compassionate stuff
The story of 4 young vagabonds, who through hardship and some serious challenge find their own form of love and commitment, is well written in an old school style. During the great depression, the US had a geography and sociological history. He gives insight into the plight of indigenous Americans, who are cruelly denied relevance to the modern US. Krueger's writing has a warmth and feeling to it. I can't think of anyone else who can do that with such sensitivity and compassion.
 
5
   This Tender Land is Another Winner
I have read all of Kent Krueger's books, and I liked This Tender Land the best. The book was not only about a young boys river adventure, but also about faith, doubt and personal values to give depth to the story. As I neared the end of the book, I was unsure if all my questions would be answered and the loose ends of the story were tied up. The author did a great job of bringing everything together at the end, giving me total closure. I will keep this book on my bookshelf and read it again in the future for more enjoyment.
 
3
   Worth Reading
It was said that this book was as good as Where the Crawdads Sing. The book doesn't live up to the hype, but it is a good book to read.
 
5
   Author of An Ordinary Grace
William Kent Krueger has a compelling story. You won't be able to put down the story. A tale of four young children. The treatment was given to Native American children. A stain on the history of the United States. The treatment of the people of the Jewish faith is still suffered today. Each of them has a different definition of what Home means to them.
 
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