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Author: Elisabeth Voltz
Publisher: Animal Media Group
Publication Date: 04/25/2017
Synopsis from Goodreads: Growing up with ten siblings on a farm in rural Grove City, PA, Beth Voltz came in contact with many animals, as one would expect when you live on a farm. But the Voltz family farm would usually have a few additions each week—the townspeople would often drop off their unwanted, or worse, dying animals for the Voltz family to take care of. Shoebox Funeral: Stories from Wolf Creek (Grave Tales) is a heartfelt collection of short stories about the ducks, cats, dogs, and birds that Beth would befriend, all the while knowing that they wouldn’t be around for very long.
I chose this book because it was listed as a Teen/YA book and the title intrigued me. I’m not a big biography/memoir person, but I thought this might be all right. Unfortunately, I was wrong. I wasn’t even able to finish the book because it just didn’t hold my interest. I got about 40 pages into the book and still hadn’t found anything that I felt was remotely interesting.
The book, while well-written, is geared toward an audience that I feel is actually younger than Teen/YA. Yes, there are some big words in the book, but the cadence of the “stories” and their very short length lead me to believe that this would be better suited as a middle-grade book instead.
The “stories” read more like chapters to me as opposed to short stories. Each story is just a few pages long and honestly, I didn’t find any of the ones I managed to make it through interesting in the slightest. I kept hoping that the book would be more interesting, but sadly, it just wasn’t.
I gave it two stars for not being very interesting and for reading more like chapters as opposed to stories.
I received a copy of this book free from NetGalley in exchange for my honest review. All opinions expressed are 100% my own.