Monday, June 16, 2008

Bringing the Boy Home by N. A. Nelson

Tirio comes from the Takunami tribe. They are hidden in the depths of the Amazon rainforest and live a totally secluded life. When Takunami boys reach the age of 13 they must perform their soche seche tente, a sixth sense test. When Tirio is just a young boy his parents know that he will never be able to complete this test because of his disabled foot, bringing dishonor to the family, and banish him from the tribe. They send him down the Amazon River, knowing he probably won’t survive. Luck was on Tirio’s side though when an American woman named Sara found him. Sara adopted Tirio and brought him home to the States with her where he received the best care for his foot.

Luka is determined to pass his soche seche tente; he has been preparing for it his entire life. It’s so important that his family is depending on him in order for them to have a real future. His mother has even made it her life’s purpose to help train him, neglecting and using her other children in order to prepare him for this perilous test. They both hope that nothing has been overlooked and are convinced that Luka will do just fine.

Almost thirteen years later Sara and Tirio head back to the Amazon where Sara found Tirio. As the trip draws nearer Tirio starts feeling more and more connections to the Takunami tribe. His senses are more alert and he just can’t wait to get back to his homeland. Before he even steps foot in the country Tirio has decided he will find his way back to his tribe. Will Tirio make it back to the Takunami? Will Luka pass his soche seche tente? In a weird way fate brings these two together in an unimaginable way.

I think this was definitely the most unique and original coming-of-age story I have ever read! I really liked this book. The characters were well created and I loved the story. While this is classified as a middle grade novel, I think it is definitely a suitable read for young adults too. There is nothing that is really kiddish and the story is really good. There were a few surprises that really caught me off guard, which made the book that much better. This would definitely be a good book for reluctant readers as well as avid readers as it is progresses quickly and is full of adventure. I would also like to point out that N.A. Nelson is a fabulous member of The Class of 2k8. This group of authors seems to be putting out some of the best books this year. All in all this was a great book. I really give props to the author for her creativity in this book, as she did a great job encompassing some amazing culture and a great sense of nature!!

Bringing the Boy Home hits shelves near you July 1st, so hurry out and grab a copy!!


Rachael Stein said...

i read this not too long ago, and i thought it was a great book. i thought it was weird that HarperCollins labeled it as a children's book, because it should totally be YA

max said...


I grew up as a reluctant reader. Now I write action-adventures & mysteries, especially for boys 8 and up, that kids hate to put down. My web site is at and my Books for Boys blog is at
Ranked by Accelerated Reader

Max Elliot Anderson

Read about my message to kids in a bottle:

N.A. Nelson said...

Thanks so much for the great review, Tasha. Being that you're an avid reader, I'm thrilled (imagine me rubbing my hands in glee)that you were caught off-guard by some things!

And on behalf of the Class of 2K8...thanks also for the nice comment. I agree.

Be well,
N.A. Nelson

Anonymous said...

LOVED this book!!! Great review, Tasha, as always!


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