Boys Lost In Wild

All the short stories in Brenda Hasiuk’s book Boys Lost in Wild are connected. They are linked to at least one other story in the collection by a character crossover, but more than that they are linked by a theme. All of the stories deal with displacement and race. The characters in this story have different backgrounds but all of them are complicated. Every character has an experience out side of the realm of normalcy for them. As they brush with new social classes they learn about themselves.

Hasiuk succeeds in demonstrating that people have many layers. She explores otherness. In many cases teens wanted to explore heritage rejected or forgotten by the previous generation.

Each story is preceded by a few facts. These facts frame the story for the reader, providing a historical or sociological context.

I would recommend this for mature teens.

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