The Turning

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The Turning

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The book, “The Turning” by Emily Whitman is a fantasy and adventure book. I really enjoyed the book because I think it’s very fun and interesting. I would recommend this book for someone who likes a story that is kind of an  adventure and a fun story mixed together.

I like the story because I think is compelling how a boy named Aran is living in a family of seals but he can’t turn into a seal yet.  Aran can’t turn into a seal because he doesn’t have his pelt yet, and the rest of his clan does. He wants his pelt really badly. He keeps on thinking he will never get it. Aran’s clan except for his mam (mother) is on a trip. Aran wonders when they will come back and keeps on asking his mam  when they will. Aran figures out that his clan is keeping a secret from him. The secret is that he may never get his pelt. Aran gets mad at his clan for not telling him. Aran wants to go to moonday with his clan, but his mam says he will slow them down. Aran really wants to go because he wants his pelt, and he wants to see if he can get it on moonday. Aran begs so much that his mam finally says yes.

Aran travels on his mam’s back because he wouldn’t be able to swim all the way even though he thinks he can swim all the way. He has to eat and sleep on his mam’s back. They are closer to land and Aran can’t wait. When they get to shore Aran meets a seal named Fin. They play with each other during mooday. Fin’s father or chief tells him to stop playing with Aran but he only stops playing with Aran  when his father is watching him. Moonday is almost over so everyone is going to get their pelts at the cave where they gave them to the seals that are there to watch the pelts. Aran gets on line even though he doesn’t have his pelt yet. It’s his turn and he talks with the seal watching the pelts and gives the seal his name. The seal doesn’t find Aran’s pelt so he asks for the color or a description of it. Aran replies,  “I don’t know.” The guy tells Aran to come back later when there aren’t any more seals waiting on line So Aran listens and waits again. Will Aran finally receive a pelt? Read the book to find out.

I would recommend this book for kids grade 4-6 because I think it would be a little bit challenging for younger kids to read, comprehend, and explain. I think this book would be appealing to both boys and girls depending on what they like.

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