I remember at Lakewood Elementary, I read this book as part of the Accelerated Reader program, and it was worth 36 points. The same reason I read The Hobbit. Thanks, AR, for making me the nerd I am today.
July 2014 - A sprawling thriller drenched with atmosphere and intrigue that takes a young boy from a chance encounter with Bonnie and Clyde to the trenches of World War II and the oil fields along the Texas-Louisiana coast. It is 1934 and the Depression is bearing down when sixteen-year-old Weldon Avery Holland happens upon infamous criminals Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow after one of their notorious armed robberies.
Nobody moves to the remote Scottish island of Bancree, and few leave - but leaving is exactly what seventeen-year-old Flo intends to do. So when a mysterious man and his daughter arrive at isolated Dog Cottage, Flo is curious. Who would willingly choose to live in such solitude? The man's brooding handsomeness is extraordinary; and there's something unusual about his daughter Ailsa that Flo cannot help but be drawn towards. But people aren't only arriving on Bancree, they're . . . 4.3 stars