Reviews for Amulet of Samarkand : Library Edition

Horn Book Magazine Reviews 2004 #2
Jackson begins fifteen-year-old America's story, told through a series of meetings with his therapist at Ridgeway Hospital, in the flat, almost lifeless tones of a child who has been thrown away and knows it. Gradually, America's voice takes on emotion: first anger and contempt, followed by exasperation and then by the smallest flickers of excitement, hope, and determination. It is no easy job to make sense of an interior monologue that shifts from past to present, from here to there, from memory to dream, but Jackson manages to shape this story into a coherent whole and to invest America's minute steps forward with a sense of desperate authenticity. Copyright 2004 Horn Book Magazine Reviews