Swimming on the Lawn
Swimming on the Lawn by Yasmin Hamid is an interesting book, set in Khartoum, Sudan in the 1960s. Itís about a young girl named Farida and her life. Each chapter is like a short story, with the same characters, intertwined with the next. You could say it is like a collection of short stories with the same characters. Each and every chapter expresses a different aspect of Faridaís life and gives you a chance to imagine being there yourself. The back of the book hints that there may be some sort of war going on in the story; however, that is only hinted at in the final chapters.
Overall, I enjoyed the book and found it easy to read with a good level of description, it was not too vague and not too constrictive. I would recommend this book to anyone 11 or over because it is easy to read and unlike most books that hint to a war, it is not dark or violent. The fact that this book is from a childís perspective makes it easier to understand and relate to.
Jasleen, age 13
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