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The Returning

Hinwood, Christine

(Book - 2011)
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
The Returning
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When the six-year war between the Uplanders and Downlanders is over and Cam returns home to his village, questions dog him, from how he lost an arm to why he was the only one of his fellow soldiers to survive, such that he must leave until his own suspicions are resolved.
Publisher: New York : Dial Books, 2011.
ISBN: 0803735286
9780803735286
Characteristics: 302 p. ;,22 cm.
Alternate Title: Bloodflower

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2012 Printz Honor Book:
A large cast of characters from two fictional kingdoms recover from a drawn-out, brutal war in a portrait both sweeping and specific as it explores the ramifications of the conflict on Cam, the only one who lives to return to his village.The Michael L. Printz Award is an a... Read More »


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Sep 27, 2013
  • mvkramer rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

This book is just beautiful, more a series of prose poems than a novel. The emotional depth that the author creates in her characters is amazing. Even though the book doesn't spend a long time on any one character, you still care about all of them deeply. There are so many books about war, but not many about what it means to come home from one and live. Pick up this one!

Nov 07, 2012
  • acritics rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

In The Returning, the war between the Uplanders and the Downlanders is over. But everyone in the village of Kayforl is still struggling with the after effects. Cam returns home from the fighting maimed and struggles to make a new life for himself. But his betrothal to Graceful Fenister is broken off by her father. His own father refuses to let him do any real work around the farm, saying Cam has already done enough. But that just leaves him feeling useless. My full review is here: http://www.librarypoint.org/returning_hinwood

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Sep 27, 2013
  • mvkramer rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

This series of loose, poetic vignettes covers a span of years after Cam Attling comes home from war, the only survivor of those from his village. Though he tries to re-accustom himself to his old life, he can't -- he has to find out why he survived. While Cam goes back North, to Dorn-Lannet and Lord Ryuu, the enemy who spared his life, his family, friends and entire village change in unexpected ways.

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