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Book Review of Welsh YA Novel
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A book review of Brian Lux's "Court of Foxes"
Here is the review of the Welsh young adult novel Court of Foxes by Brian Lux

Young readers will be immediately drawn to thirteen-year-old Bryn as he suddenly finds his life turned upside down by a move to a small Welsh village where adults and children are not eager to welcome outsiders. Deep within the ancient Welsh village of Morredin lurks an evil that no one talks about.

When Bryn starts having strange dreams, sees people and animals that are not there, and hears voices, he has only two confidants: his dog Cadno (Welsh for fox) and Selwyn, a mysterious man that villagers avoid. It is Selwyn who knows that Bryn has been sent to Morredin to deal with the evil that inhabits the village and the Court of Foxes.

Bryn alone must make the choice that will condemn or save the village and himself, a choice that faces each of us at some point. And, sadly, young people today are not immune to difficult choices like Bryn faces.

Court of Foxes is a fast paced story that will keep young adults and adults intrigued until Bryn’s reckoning at the end. The believable situations that Bryn’s finds himself faced with will hit home for many young readers.

Lux sets readers down in Morredin and immerses them in the Welsh culture. Welsh language is sprinkled throughout the novel, and the reader experiences some of the same frustrations as Bryn in trying to pronounce and understand the language.

Young readers may stumble over the Welsh words and the British vocabulary that is unfamiliar, but that should not disrupt the flow of the story. For example, the word ‘biro’ (pen) appears often, but can be defined in context. All just part of the excitement in reading a story from a foreign author. If you or your young reader read the American editions of the Harry Potter series, then you missed the British vocabulary.

I thoroughly enjoyed reading this. The mystery and suspense kept me turning pages right to the end. Young readers should find this interesting.

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More Blogs by Cheryl Carpinello
• The Authors I've Interviewed & the Kid Lit Blog Hop - Sunday, February 08, 2015
• Review of Zoe & Zak and the Yogi's Curse - Friday, January 03, 2014
• Tutankhamen Speaks - Tuesday, July 23, 2013
• Meet MG Author Hamilton C. Burger - Sunday, June 30, 2013
• Meet Middle Grade Author Beth Overmyer - Wednesday, April 03, 2013
• WOI 2013 Virtual Tour - Sunday, January 06, 2013
• See what the Elves are doing in Montana. - Wednesday, October 24, 2012
• Meet children's author Fiona Ingram - Tuesday, October 16, 2012
• Meet Childrens/MG/YA author Katie Carroll - Thursday, October 11, 2012
• Virtual Tour of Wales - Friday, August 03, 2012
• The Secret of the Sacred Scarab by Fiona Ingram - Monday, June 20, 2011
• Review of The Throne of Fire by Rick Riordan - Monday, June 20, 2011
• Review of Tyler Tichelaar's King Arthur's Children - Sunday, January 23, 2011
• 10 Facts About My First NaNoWriMo - Wednesday, December 01, 2010
• My NaNoWriMo - Thursday, November 18, 2010
• Join me in Celebrating Young Writers - Sunday, October 24, 2010
• Review of Sent by Margaret Peterson Haddix - Sunday, September 05, 2010
• Review of Nubs: The True Story of a Mutt, a Marine, & a Miracle - Tuesday, August 17, 2010
• Review of 14 Cows for America - Tuesday, August 03, 2010
• Review of Rick Riordan's The Red Pyramid - Tuesday, July 13, 2010
• Review of "Duck! Rabbit!" - Wednesday, June 30, 2010
• A Review of "The Magician's Elephant" - Friday, June 18, 2010
• 2011 nominees - Friday, May 28, 2010
• Review of The Chronicles of Prydain - Tuesday, February 16, 2010
• The Lightning Thief Movie - Tuesday, February 16, 2010
•  Book Review of Welsh YA Novel - Tuesday, January 26, 2010  
• 2010 Brings Adventures for Readers and Myself - Tuesday, January 05, 2010
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