Throwback Thursday- September 27

Throwback Thursday is a weekly meme hosted by The Housework Can Wait and Never Too Fond of Books.

It’s the nature of book blogging to focus mainly on new releases, but there are thousands of great books out there that haven’t seen the “New Releases” shelf in years. We hope to be able to bring attention to some older titles that may not be at the top of the current bestseller list, but still deserve a spot in your To-Be-Read pile.

I first read The Kin when I was in the 7th grade. I had just moved to a new town and school and there was a girl in my band class reading a book. It was a weird looking book with a big bird on the front. When she told me what it was about I scoffed at the idea that I could enjoy it. There was no modern technology, no epic sword fights, and no magic. Then she loaned me the book one day and I was hooked.

The Kin is a long book following the lives of young kids who travel around Africa trying to find a place to live after their home is destroyed. Along the way they meet many people and eventually find a place to fit in. They face hardships and trials, they face death, they experience life, and they fall in love.
To me when I was reading this it was such an incredible tale of struggle, overcoming terrifying circumstances, and standing up for and protecting things you love and believe in. Oh, and did I mention the book takes place 200,000 years ago. It takes place so long ago that some of the tribes haven’t even developed an oral language yet.
If you want an easy read that’s interesting and filled with awesomeness then you need to go check out this book. If it could get my twelve year old self into reading non-fantasy books then it can get anyone to read.