A Million Angels

"Will you come back Dad?" "When?"... "I'll send a million angels to protect you, so come back safe"


The book ‘A Million Angels’ is written by Kate Maryon. It may seem to be a childish book, but don’t judge a book by it’s cover. This book talks about a topic many people still fear to think about. War. War is a topic that always pushes me to deep thought. I like the idea of pacifism, but at the same time I also know that it is an impossible wish. The Nightmare of Kim Jong-un. The fact that millions leave and hundreds return, is painful. The setting takes place in Canada(they don’t talk about any state or city). Everyone knows that Canada had sent troops to Afghanistan after 9/11. This is probably talking about that time. Now this situation, is very important for the book. Why? It is as the main character who is Jemima, has her dad being sent to Afghanistan. Why is it such a big deal? Well Jemima is a girl who no-one understands, the only person who does is her dad, who is leaving. We all know the number of deaths in war. The fact that her dad is leaving is painful, but the fact that he may never return is unimaginably distressing. Not only that, her mother is pregnant with her third child and her brother is way too young to to. If the book had it’s setting placed in some other place the book would’ve never have been written. There is a lot of character development in this book. At first she is scared and quiet. She had lot to say but lacked the courage. Over the course of time, she began opening up and finally spoke out about whatever she had been holding in. She evolved to a girl who would stand her ground and speak her mind. The theme of this book is an interesting mix. It’s about the kids of war, bullying and friendship. It is as Mima gradually starts to make friends, her grandma is stuck in the pre-war era and she herself has her dad amidst a war. She gets bullied for her likings. Therefore it fits all the suitable criterias. I’d recommend this book to 9-12 year olds. It is as the book has the main character of the same age and it is also from a 9 year olds perspective. But while reading this book there is a hidden quest, the answer to a very important question. While Jemima is sending a million angels to her dad to keep him safe, who’s looking out for her?





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