Title: The Goat Children
Author: Jordan Elizabeth
Narrator: Melinda Jarmulak
When Keziah’s grandmother, Oma, is diagnosed with dementia, Keziah faces two choices: Leave her family and move to New Winchester to care for Oma, or stay in New York City and allow her grandmother to live in a nursing home miles away.
The dementia causes Oma to be rude and paranoid, nothing like the woman Keziah remembers. Each day becomes a greater weight and love a harsher burden. Keziah must keep Oma from wandering off or falling, and try to convince her grandmother to see a doctor as her eyesight and hearing fail, but Oma refuses to believe anything is wrong. Resentful of her hardships in New Winchester, Keziah finds herself drawn to Oma’s ramblings about the Goat Children, a mythical warrior class. These fighters ride winged horses, locating people in need, while attempting to destroy evil in the world. Oma sees the Goat Children everywhere, and as Keziah reads the stories Oma wrote about them, she begins to question if they really exist.
When Keziah’s grandmother is diagnosed with dementia, she has no choice but to move in with her to take care of her. Along with the troubles of a typical teenager, Keziah must also dive into the world of the Goat Children.
As always with Jordan Elizabeth, her books always have two dimensions to them. A realistic storyline and one of the supernatural. I loved the way she handled the topic of dementia and how hard it can be on the family. I had a grandma who suffered from dementia and found the portrayal to be painfully accurate.
Keziah was an interesting main character. She was brave, but sometimes, she felt a little young and naïve. Still, I loved the way she face every challenge with her head high. Even when things got difficult, between her grandmother and the world of the goat children, she kept going.
Narration was soft and easy to listen to.
This book was given to me for free at my request and I provided this voluntary review.