Friday, April 29, 2016

The Goat Children by Jordan Elizabeth

The Goat Children
by Jordan Elizabeth Mierek

My rating: 5 stars

Publisher: CHBB Publishing (March 23, 2016)
Publication Date: March 23, 2016
ISBN: 1530732379
Genre: YA | Family
Print Length: 316 pages
Available from: Amazon | Barnes & Noble

 When Keziah’s grandmother, Oma, is diagnosed with dementia, Keziah faces two choices: leave her family and move to New Winchester to care for Oma, or stay in New York City and allow her grandmother to live in a nursing home miles away.

The dementia causes Oma to be rude and paranoid, nothing like the woman Keziah remembers. Each day becomes a greater weight and love a harsher burden. Keziah must keep Oma from wandering off or falling, and try to convince her grandmother to see a doctor as her eyesight and hearing fail, but Oma refuses to believe anything is wrong. Resentful of her hardships in New Winchester, Keziah finds herself drawn to Oma’s ramblings about the Goat Children, a mythical warrior class. These fighters ride winged horses, locating people in need, while attempting to destroy evil in the world. Oma sees the Goat Children everywhere, and as Keziah reads the stories Oma wrote about them, she begins to question if they really exist.

  The Goat Children by Jordan Elizabeth

The Goat ChildrenIf you have ever faced the pain of watching a loved one fight the battle with dementia, no matter what type, you will find The Goat Children Jordan Elizabeth is as much fact as fiction. Keziah’s grandmother has dementia and her family is faced with few options. Oma can be placed in a nursing home, where she will face most days alone, and her loved ones will lose those few precious moments of lucidity remaining, or, Keziah can offer to leave her home and family to care for her grandmother. The most amazing part of that act of unselfishness? Keziah is in high school, and is willing to take on a job that few adults can handle while continuing to pursue her education.

Oma is more likely to talk about the magical world of the Goat Children than to remember what a toothbrush is for and it’s through these stories that Keziah travels back in her mind and heart to the Oma she knew and loved as a child. Not quite fitting in with her new peers, make caring for Oma is a lonely task, the lack of understanding from the educational “professionals” is appalling, although well-intended. As Oma worsens, Keziah discovers hidden journals that put validity to Oma’s Goat Children claims, or are they the musings of an active imagination? More secrets unfold and Keziah finds there is more to her grandmother and her family than she ever knew and she is not sure she likes it

Follow the journey of one brave young lady who fights to keep a piece of her grandmother with her and the vast maturity and selfless love sorely missing in those around her. I cried, I was completely engrossed in this amazing tale. For me, Keziah is a hero, but does she see herself that way? Is she prepared for the day Oma will leave her forever? Are the Goat Children real? What if the Goat Children come calling

To say this is a unique tale would be an understatement. Aside from the fantasy aspects, Jordan Elizabeth has nailed the truth of what a thief dementia is and the bone-crushing weight it carries.

I received this copy from Jordan Elizabeth in exchange for my honest review.

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