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"The sun shines down on all mankind
Just the same whether evil or good
To some it warms and lifts the soul
To some it's never understood."
It's been a while since I've read a book that is as uplifting as this one. In her new "light fantasy," young adult novel, Ingrid, author Lynnette Kraft uses her words to paint a beautiful story. The novel's rich and descriptive language emits a feeling of calm and peace that seems to glow from the pages. Kraft creates characters that are captivating and complex. This is storytelling at its finest!
What initially intrigued me about this book was the fact that three family members were involved in its creation. The stunning illustrations were provided by Kraft's daughter, Abigail Kraft, and the accompanying, original soundtrack was composed by her son, Jared Kraft. Hauntingly serene, the score has become my new favorite music to listen to while I write. Both mediums truly enhance the overall experience of reading this novel.
Ingrid is a lovely tale of how guilt, regret, and bitterness can tear away at the core of one's soul. It addresses how misconceptions can taint a society and how "life carries burdens that can change a man." However, in the end, it is forgiveness and hope that radiate from the hearts of the characters as our heroine faces tough sacrifices to give others a second chance at life.
This is an ideal novel for all fans of young adult fiction. I would highly suggest that middle and high school teachers add this one to their reading lists. The concepts and symbolism in the book will make for great literary class discussion.