Round Two Reviews from Team Dickens:
Diamond Boy by Michael Williams. “Patson is a young man that goes through quite the number of changes in a short period of time. “Diamonds for everyone” is what attracts potential miners to the Marange Diamond Fields. The tale begins with Patson’s family searching for a better life to Patson mining for diamonds to searching for his missing sister. The reader is taken along Patson’s grueling journey from Zimbabwe to South Africa.”
Circulation Desk, Library
“Diamond Boy is a captivating read. Simon is an entertaining and enjoyable read. Would I recommend both to teens? Absolutely! Wholeheartedly. The difference is that Diamond Boy is a book for readers to really sink their teeth into - higher level readers, maybe, but also readers who want a challenge. Some may say that our demographic of students wouldn’t have much to relate to in this novel, but I would strongly challenge that line of thinking. The challenges that Patson endures, and the lessons he learns are universal. How do we cope with change? What action do we take when things go awry? What role does our family play in our lives? When we feel like we can’t go on, do we give up or do we persevere? The reader will be faced with all these questions and more as they turn the pages of Diamond Boy. “
K.Laurie, Room 105
"Diamond boy – an intense, emotional book that has the ability to make the reader laugh, cry and ponder life.
“Diamonds for everyone” is what sets the book into motion. The lure of a better life, in a country one can only truly imagine what it is like living there, allows readers to gain another perspective on what some people go through. This book is an excellent read to help promote empathy and understanding for others.
This will change the way you look at diamonds forever!"
K. Blush, Room 125
"Diamonds for everyone. This is the belief that the central characters hold on to as they journey to the dangerous Marange diamond fields in Zimbabwe. As a Canadian reader, your eyes are opened to an entirely different and risky way of life as you follow fifteen-year-old Patson Moyo into the gritty and duplicitous world of the illegal diamond trade. Sadistic and ruthless characters like General Jesus are plentiful, but thankfully balanced by the anti-hero, Boubacar - who acts as Patson’s protector - and the innocence of some of the young children working the fields, like Patson’s friend, Arves.
While I thoroughly enjoyed our other novel, Simon versus the Homo Sapien Agenda, it doesn’t carry the ethical weight of Michael William’s Diamond Boy. In Canada, where we’re facing a time of economic uncertainty - obviously incomparable to that of Zimbabwe - and an influx of refugees fleeing a despotic government, Diamond Boy is a timely and important book for teens and adults alike to shed some well-needed perspective on our issues."
C. Powell, Room 114