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Book Review – A Question of Yams

by Mikaela

This is a book report for the book a question of Yams. The Author is Gloria Repp. It takes place in Papua New Guinea, islands near the Philippines. The year isn’t mentioned, but it could take place between 1930 and the present. The main character is a boy named Kuri.
Kuri and father had always prayed to the spirits for rain. But one day, two white ladies with yellow hair come to the village. They’re what his dad calls missionaries. And his dad starts believing in the one True God. When a drought comes to the land, all the other villagers start praying to the spirits and fake gods for rain. They need the Yams to grow. Kuri and his father work all summer bringing buckets of water up and down the hill. The other villager think the spirits will bring rain soon. Will the Yams die before rain comes? Will rain ever come? Are Kuri’s friends and family going to starve? You will have to read the book to find out.
This story is very suspenseful. There are a lot of problems that need to be solved, and Kuri wonders if this “One True God” of his father’s would really care about a little Yam garden on a small island. I would recommend it a lot because it teaches good lessons and is based on a true story. If you can’t find it in the bookstore, you can buy it on Amazon.

Comments on: "Book Review – A Question of Yams" (3)

  1. Mikaela said:

    Sorry it’s so short, It was for school and It couldn’t be more than 250 words.

    • Mark Twain once told a friend of his, “I didn’t have time to write a short letter, so I wrote a long one instead.” It can be quite a bit harder to communicate all that you want to communicate with fewer words. I think you did an excellent job of letting us know all we needed to know about this book and what you thought of it.

  2. Annie Song said:

    I agree. I like the detail!

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