The Green Book by Jill Paton Walsh

What an amazing book!  An author that can make as many points about humanity as Walsh does in so few pages should get at least a National Book Award!  The story centers around one family that has been chosen to travel to a new planet in order to survive.  The family will travel through space with others for years to reach their destination.  Each person is only allowed to take so many things and when they reach the planet they have no idea what to expect.  

Walsh has written a truly fascinating story that not only pulls the reader into it but forces the reader to think about how this adventure would look for them.  What one book would you take?  What one luxury item?  What would your expectations be?  The questions go on and on.  Filled with psychological truths concerning humans and suspense over what this new planet will be like makes it is a book you can not put down and cannot stop thinking about.  

This is not a new book. It was written in 2012 and I decided to read it because it popped up in what I consider to be a very strange place: a Bible commentary on the book of Isaiah.  I was stunned that a children’s SciFi/fantasy book would show up there and simply had to find out more about it.  So, I bought the book.  It is a short book, it is what I would call a chapter book, meaning it is for an older elementary student.  Having said all of that, I strongly encourage you to read the book.  Simply fabulous!

2 thoughts on “The Green Book by Jill Paton Walsh

  1. Hey, great write up! Interesting concept, considering the mess our planet is in. Sign me up . . . and I’ll take Jeff!!

    Mike Roche 4200 Jackson Avenue, #5010 Austin, TX 78731 512-852-9895 (Home) 512-633-0961 (Cell)



  2. “The Green Book” certainly was an imaginative tale! I especially liked reading about the challenges of the new world, like how they would build houses if it was impossible to cut trees.


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