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The Syringa Tree
The Syringa Tree
Author: Pamela Gien
Even at the age of six, lively, inquisitive Elizabeth Grace senses she’s a child of privilege, “a lucky fish.” Soothing her worries by raiding the sugar box, she scampers up into the sheltering arms of the lilac-blooming syringa tree growing behind the family’s suburban Johannesburg home. — Lizzie’s closest ally and ...  more »
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ISBN-13: 9780375759109
ISBN-10: 0375759107
Publication Date: 10/9/2007
Pages: 288
Edition: Reprint
  • Currently 3.8/5 Stars.

3.8 stars, based on 8 ratings
Publisher: Random House
Book Type: Paperback
Other Versions: Hardcover
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Helpful Score: 2
Set in South Africa, the story is from the perspective of a young girl. It does include some strong language at points, but it is not gratuitous -- but would be inappropriate for a younger audience, even though the reading level is not so advanced. The novel deals with themes of racial relations and discovering a sense of 'home'. It is highly autobiographical, but Pamela Gien says it is not purely so. I first heard of this book when listening to an NPR show, where Pamela Gien was interviewed.
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Although this book is not long...I didn't really get into it until almost the end. Some of the language used makes it difficult to read. The story does not flow well. It did not meet my high hopes!


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