Category: Family

Abandoned Children Nobody Knows

In 2004 the Japanese filmmaker Hirozaku Kore-eda released Nobody Knows, a feature film based on the story of five children in Tokyo, abandoned by their mother and forced to fend for themselves. The film gained widespread attention for its depiction…

What can we learn about past lives?

Transcendence (Walker Books) by C.J. Omololu, $16.99 Spiritual, religious and life beliefs can bring people close or drive a wedge between friends and family. But exploring possibilities and beliefs outside our own immediate cultural, religious and life experiences can also…

The Forsaken speaks to reluctant heroes

The Forsaken by Lisa M. Stasse (Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers) $16.99               Dystopian novels often allow readers inside the scariest of ideas. They encourage readers to think about war and our darkest fears, both internal and…

No Name Baby by Nancy Bo Flood

No-Name Baby by Nancy Bo Flood Published by Namelos, 2011.   Warning: This review contains some spoilers.   Of all the tough subjects tackled by authors we have reviewed on The Pirate Tree, our own Nancy Bo Flood’s newest novel,…

Ellen Levine: A Tribute

Last summer I reviewed the young adult novel In Trouble by Ellen Levine, about two teenage girls in the 1950s who find themselves pregnant and make different decisions about whether to undergo what was then an illegal and dangerous abortion.…