School librarian, Caroline Akervik, recommends the newly released YA novel, Ken’s War, for teen boys.
Here’s her review from her blog. (http://carolineakervik.blogspot.com/2014/06/review-of-kens-war-by-b-k-fowler.htm)
Review of Ken’s War by B. K. Fowler
Ken, like many young men, is struggling to construct an identity and make sense of his world. Adding to this heady brew of hormones and clashing cultures, are a smuggling ring, a martial arts master, and a revelatory trip home to the states.
Ken, like many adolescents, particularly ones whose families are going through changes, is at war with nearly everyone and everything, including himself. In the course of the novel, Ken comes to empathize with others around him, including his father, and to see the world through other’s eyes.
The strength in B. K. Fowler’s writing lies in her ability to capture the essence of an image or a moment. Ken’s War, like the potent taste of dried tea leaves on the tongue, lingers in one’s mind.