Boy On The Edge

boy on the edge18166941Teenage Henry, with a club foot, a terrible stutter, and dyslexia, is the target of unrelenting bullying.  After committing several violent acts at school and at home, he is sent to the Home of Lesser Brethren, a desolate farm for troubled boys, in the middle of the lava fields on the Icelandic coast.  The farm is run by the frightening and misguided Reverend Oswald and his loving wife. Henry finds some peace in tending the cows and sheep, but he is lonely and desperate for a friend.  Each time he trusts someone, he is betrayed.  The prologue explains that the story is a flashback written by Henry’s friend.  Not until the end, do we learn who the friend is.  This sophisticated and engrossing story of an outcast’s hope is a clear tribute to Antoine de Saint-Exupery’s The Little Prince.  The poetic language describes moments of tenderness and also unspeakable cruelty.  It will transport you to the cold, harsh, yet comforting Icelandic landscape.  mjw
Title: Boy On The Edge
Author: Fridrik Erlings
: Candlewick
: 2012
Original language
: Written in English but based on a book the author had previously written in Icelandic.
: 978-0-7636-6680-4
Hardcover pages
: 240
Age range
: 14 and up
: Fiction – novel
Book setting
: Iceland
Author’s ethnicity
: Icelandic
Author’s residence
: Iceland
: Clergy, Club Foot, Dyslexia, Foster Children, Iceland, Northern Europe, Stutter, Teenage Boys

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