Ship of Souls

Ship of Souls is a Book THE REVIEWWhy this book It seemed interesting What I thoughtThis is not what I was expecting I wish the fantasy elements were developed more Also did it really need to have a

Ship of Souls is a Book THE REVIEWWhy this book?It seemed interesting What I thoughtThis is not what I was expecting. I wish the fantasy elements were developed more. Also did it really need to have a love triangle why couldn't they be just a group of friends? I liked the bit of history we got. I didn’t like reading the racial slurs at all, it really bugged me and cost the book a star. Overall it wasn't a book for me.. When 11 year old Dmitri D loses his mother to breast cancer, he finds himself taken in by an elderly white woman, Mrs Martin D loves to watch birds and, while in the park, is amazed to find an injured bird that can talk He takes it home and soon learns there are malevolent forces inhabiting the region beneath Prospect Park and they are hunting for the bird Nuru isWhen 11 year old Dmitri D loses his mother to breast cancer, he finds himself taken in by an elderly white woman, Mrs Martin D loves to watch birds and, while in the park, is amazed to find an injured bird that can talk He takes it home and soon learns there are malevolent forces inhabiting the region beneath Prospect Park and they are hunting for the bird Nuru is a life force that has been kept hostage by the earthbound spirits who are ghosts of soldiers that died in the Revolutionary War Nuru s mission is to guide the ship that will carry the souls of the dead back to her realm D has been chosen as Nuru s host, and must carry the bird from Brooklyn to the African Burial Ground in lower Manhattan where the dead await deliverance.. Bestseller Books Ship of Souls Set in New York, we meet D as he becomes adrift in the foster system, full of the pain of recent loss, his situation made doubly hard by his awareness that he has to be the best version of himself to avoid the possibility of being sent to a group home. Without the luxury of dealing with his pain, he has numbed himself, untrusting of connections, keeping his head down to survive. D's lack of ties to anyone means he's a suitable host to Nuru, a being from 'another world' who wishes to rescue trapped souls.Parts of this story are downright creepy, and others - particularly D's fear of the foster system and his need to be constantly on his best behaviour - resonate with hurt. And the two other main children of the story, Nyla and Keem, are rich and interesting characters. I am a little sorry we never got to know what the deal was with D's father, and it does feel like some aspects of the story were sketched in rather than fully detailed, but this is a short, touching story that makes for a very different sort of urban fantasy than what usually comes out of that genre.
Ship of Souls Dec , Ship of Souls Ship of Souls Langley Barnes goes to the North Country to seek peace, after being deserted by his wife, and falls in love with Christine, the daughter of Angus Garth, a factor made mad by the isolation See full summary. Ship of Souls by Zetta Elliott Ship of Souls is a short book, only pages in print The author starts with a good premise We are introduced to D, aka Dmitri, an year old boy who has recently lost his mother to cancer, been placed in foster care and starts a new school. Ship of Souls Elliott, Zetta Feb , Ship of souls was the first installment in this series It was a quick read and this book set the stage for the supernatural elements occurring in this series. Ship of Souls Elliott, Zetta May , Ship of souls was the first installment in this series It was a quick read and this book set the stage for the supernatural elements occurring in this series. Ship of Souls Quest Age of Pirates Wiki Fandom Ship of Souls Quest Edit Classic editor History Comments Share This is a rather simple quest in essence, but can take some time to achieve because you need to Ship of Souls a novel by Zetta Elliott Jul , Ship of Souls was a finalist for the Phillis Wheatley Book Award in the Children s Literature category but the award went to Diary of B.B Bright, Possible Princess by Alice Randall congratulations I recently finished The Deep, the companion book to Ship of Souls, and will post publication details once the ink has dried on the contract.Stay tuned

  1. I m a Black feminist writer of poetry, plays, essays, novels, and stories for children I was born and raised in Canada, but have lived in the US for 20 years I earned my PhD in American Studies from NYU in 2003 I have taught at Ohio University, Louisiana State University, Mount Holyoke College, Hunter College, Bard High School Early College, and Borough of Manhattan Community College My poetry has been published in the Cave Canem anthology, The Ringing Ear Black Poets Lean South, Check the Rhyme an Anthology of Female Poets and Emcees, and Coloring Book an Eclectic Anthology of Fiction and Poetry by Multicultural Writers My novella, Plastique, was excerpted in T Dot Griots an Anthology of Toronto s Black Storytellers, and my plays have been staged in New York, Cleveland, and Chicago My essays have appeared in School Library Journal, The Huffington Post, and Publishers Weekly My picture book, Bird, won the Honor Award in Lee Low Books New Voices Contest and the Paterson Prize for Books for Young Readers My young adult novel, A Wish After Midnight, has been called a revelation vivid, violent and impressive history Ship of Souls was published in February 2012 it was named a Booklist Top Ten Sci fi Fantasy Title for Youth and was a finalist for the Phillis Wheatley Book Award My short story, Sweet Sixteen, was published in Cornered 14 Stories of Bullying and Defiance in July 2012, and my latest YA novel, The Door at the Crossroads, was published in April 2016 I am an advocate for greater diversity and equity in publishing, and I have self published numerous illustrated books for younger readers under my own imprint, Rosetta Press 3 were named Best Children s Books of the Year by the Bank Street Center for Children s Literature I currently live in my beloved Brooklyn I m represented by Jennifer Laughran of the Andrea Brown Agency.

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  1. THE REVIEWWhy this book It seemed interesting What I thoughtThis is not what I was expecting I wish the fantasy elements were developed Also did it really need to have a love triangle why couldn t they be just a group of friends I liked the bit of history we got I didn t like reading the racial slurs at all, it really bugged me and cost the book a star Overall it wasn t a book for me.


  2. Set in New York, we meet D as he becomes adrift in the foster system, full of the pain of recent loss, his situation made doubly hard by his awareness that he has to be the best version of himself to avoid the possibility of being sent to a group home Without the luxury of dealing with his pain, he has numbed himself, untrusting of connections, keeping his head down to survive D s lack of ties to anyone means he s a suitable host to Nuru, a being from another world who wishes to rescue trapped s [...]


  3. First Impressions Thea Wow I wasn t sure what to expect when I started Ship of Souls, given its slender nature at under 200 pages not that I have anything against slender packages, given that some of the most potent and effective stories I ve ever read come with deceptively low page counts I wasn t expecting the power and poignancy of Ship of Souls, that s for sure This is a story that gets under your skin, that makes you feel and ache and love If I had to sum up this novel in one word, again wo [...]


  4. This was a well intentioned novel with a decently evocative sense of place that I found unfortunately too heavy handed to be enjoyable to read.The three main characters are the sort I wish there were of in fantasy non white characters who are centered in the narrative and who are clearly shaped by their race but not entirely defined by it Unfortunately, they are never given the room to come to life We are given the information encapsulated in the jacket description, and one or two offhand state [...]


  5. Lovely characterizations and a touching, unusual plot I would love to read an expanded version of this, so we could linger in situations and exchanges a little longer, but even happening as fast as it does, the story gives us a great sense of D, Nyla, Keem, Nuru, and Billy.


  6. D became a ward of the state, when his mother died from cancer Lucky for D, he is taken in by Mrs Ward, a nice white lady Things are going great for D until Mrs Ward cares for Mercy, a crack baby Soon, all of Mrs Ward s time is occupied by Mercy D is a math whiz This is why Mr Powell hires D to tutor his son, Hakeem in math Nyla has captured the attention of both D and Hakeem Soon, D, Hakeem and Nyla are hanging out together D decides one day to go to the park Once in the park, D hears a voice T [...]


  7. Dmitri aka D is intelligent, an overachiever, a math whiz The only family he had was his mother, until he lost her to cancer Now D is in foster care His foster mother, Mrs Martin, is like a grandmother to him and it doesn t bother him that she s white But then she gets another foster child and that does bother D he s left feeling like he matters to no one Until a talking bird named Nuru comes into his life Nuru is on a mission and she needs D s help.Zetta Elliott has a good imagination and she w [...]


  8. 3.5 reallyI really loved the concept of this book I felt at times along the way that it could have been executed better The fantasy elements felt rushed at the end to me But this was my first Zetta Elliott work to pick up and I am looking forward to reading .


  9. Certainly unlike any other book of its kind, Ship of Souls is loosely plotted but deeply felt, with an urgent internal logic to its telling, like a fable or a myth, but grounded in many small everyday Brooklyn realities.



  10. Elliott, Z 2012 Ship of souls Las Vegas, NV Publishing 124 pp ISBN 978 1 6121 8268 1 Paperback 9.95.Zetta Elliott lives in Brooklyn On a recent trip to New York City, I walked through Prospect Park with Elliott She pointed out two Revolutionary War marker stones that helped urge her toward this story In Central Park, I walked mindful of this history Elliott teaches ethnic studies and has her PhD in American Studies with a focus on depictions of racial violence in African American literature Ship [...]


  11. After 11 yr old Dmitri, who goes by D loses his mother to cancer, he s placed in foster care and goes to live with Mrs Martin Just happy to have a place to live, D is on his best behavior D s only indulgence is bird watching in the park and he keeps to himself at school D s status as a loner is challenged after he finds himself hanging out by chance with two of the popular kids, Hakeem and Nyla.D s life changes forever after coming to the aid of a Bird that is anything but, its a being that goes [...]


  12. I like reading in my comfort zone And my comfort zone usually means strong women in fantasy However, I also try to stretch myself, to read something that will introduce me to an unfamiliar culture or experience Zetta Elliot s Ship of Souls seemed to be the perfect compromise a fantasy featuring a young black boy, set in of all places Brooklyn D has been on his own since his mother died of cancer But being a math geek in New York City and trying to navigate school, a foster home and a new baby fo [...]


  13. I wish some of the fantasy elements had been developed a bit further, such as Nuru s role, his dialogue also came across sounding a little ridiculous and heavy on the wise mentor scale The characters did come across as having a message It is made very clear that Hakeem is Muslim and Nyla is different from the stereotype I wish the individuality of the characters had come off in a subtle way for example when Hakeem describes how his older sister listed all Muslim basketball players to convince h [...]


  14. Em s Review D s mom was his best friend and his only family When she passes away, he ends up in foster care with a kind elderly woman named Mrs Martin Not wanting to be sent back to the group home, D is mindful to always be the best possible version of himself Like the grandmother he never had, Mrs Martin cares for D, but lately her attention has been focused on a new addition to the family, a crack addicted baby that Mrs Martin has decided to foster At school, he doesn t have to worry so much a [...]


  15. Ship of Soulsby Zetta ElliottProduct Details ISBN 13 9781612182681 Publisher Encore Publication date 2 28 2012 Pages 198 Product dimensions 5.40 w x 8.20 h x 0.50 d Summary D s mother has passed away, leaving him an orphan Luckily, D is very intelligent from being home schooled as a child, so he is placed into foster care quickly D and his foster mother get along very well He is on his best behavior, and he does enjoy being with her However, his life changes slightly when a new baby comes into h [...]


  16. D never really had a lot of friends so the loss of his mother is particularly devastating to him As the only child of a single mother, there s little else for him other than the foster care system D doesn t know much about the workings of the system, but he knows that nothing in his life will be secure any Elliott does a masterful job of writing this story on so many levels Where we see how much D has his quick placement in a caring home, a good school with teachers who care about him and two tr [...]


  17. Originally posted at aurorareviews 201Dmitri s entire world is turned on its ear when, at eleven, his mother loses her battle with breast cancer Because he s being shuffled between foster care and his new home, starting a new school, and finding new friends, he s than just a little off kilter, to say the least So, he shouldn t be too surprised when the injured bird he rescues from the park turns out to be anything but a bird, right Dmitri, or D as he comes to be called, is an example of entirel [...]


  18. The fact that the protagonist, D, is a math whiz caught my mathematical eye and drew me to this intriguing children s book But no, you don t need to be a mathematician to enjoy it Having some small sympathy for kids who feel like outcasts will help of course, but then, what kid doesn t feel that way sometimes And, as this story tells, even the popular kids can be outcasts of a sort All of which Ship of Souls a pleasingly different story for young teens.D is a foster child who tries too hard to b [...]


  19. I m primed to like any book that begins with an author essay about the magic she sees in the world around her and the little synchronicities that inspire connections that might not otherwise be made I m a person who gets up every day looking for the magic, no matter how small it might be Magic s always there and it s a universally great reason to get out of bed when compared with all the other mundane reasons It also helps me keep my mind open and stay in the moment rather than spending my days [...]


  20. Loved the demon bird cover, book was kind of meh.11 12yo D no one except his mom calls him Dimitri has had some struggles Dad is a mysterious, non existent figure from his past Mom has recently passed away from breast cancer D spends a brief time in the foster care system before being taken to live with kindly old Mrs Martin But then the crack addicted baby foster girl comes to live with them and D feels a little overwhelmed He s just getting into his new school and is accelerating in math, has [...]


  21. In New York City, a pre teen boy named Dmitri loses his mother to cancer, and without any other family, finds himself in foster care His foster mother seems caring, but she is also parenting a crack addicted baby, so her attention is divided.In school, D meets a Muslim basketball star Keem when he is asked to tutor him in math Both boys are enchanted by a young girl, Nyla, who has numerous piercings and an attitude.These three African American pre teens connect and form an odd pack when they dec [...]


  22. I don t usually read young adult books, but decided to take a chance when offered the book by the publisher Ship of Souls is a short book, only 120 pages in print The author starts with a good premise We are introduced to D, aka Dmitri, an 11 year old boy who has recently lost his mother to cancer, been placed in foster care and starts a new school D is a good kid, polite to his elders and a math whiz When he is asked to tutor the school s top basketball player, he meets Keem and then Nyla, a to [...]


  23. This is a fantasy novel set in New York D is a foster child having lost his mum to cancer, and never knowing his dad One day he discovers a magic bird that needs him to help her save the lost souls of many dead people who have been prevented from making the final journey on the ship of souls.For me I was alright with the beginning of this book which introduced the back story, D, his friends and his family circumstances, but then the fantasy elements came in and I was a little unconvinced by it a [...]


  24. Ship of Souls is an emotionally charged novel that blends the genres of fiction, historical non fiction, and fantasy In dealing with real world issues such as cancer, adoption, bullying, racism, drugs, and poverty, this novel not only tugs at the reader s heart strings but it interweaves many complex issues that children must face on a daily basis Without sugarcoating the issues, Ship of Souls presents a very down to Earth story that is sincere in its believability The uniqueness of the trio of [...]


  25. Zetta Elliott created a wonderful read that carries readers into a world filed with magic and history Ship of Souls takes place in New York and follows the life of a boy named Dmitri, otherwise known as D , who is in and out of foster care due to the sudden loss of his mother D is a bright student who excels in mathematics and befriends a basketball player named Keem and a unique girl with piercings named Nyla While walking in the park one day, D finds an injured bird, named Nuru, who speaks to [...]


  26. Ship of Souls fully explores the theme of belonging This urban fantasy is a must read for anyone looking for his or her place in the world Thoughtfully written, the first person text takes the reader through a mystical world woven into our own Elliott also cleverly intersperses history from the American Revolution and contemporary issues of labeling and terrorism The elements of the text that have nothing to do with the fantasy world have an honest quality about them that will likely resonate wi [...]


  27. When D s only parent, his mother, dies of cancer he is left alone in the world but is fostered by elderly Mrs Martin However, his temporary haven is shattered by Mrs Martin taking in baby Mercy, born as addicted to crack cocaine as her mother and screaming in withdrawal And he has been tasked at school to tutor the intimidating basketball jock Hakeem As D escapes to the nearby park he believes he s finally lost his mind, a bird is speaking to him But this is no mental breakdown, it is the emerge [...]


  28. Ship of SoulsElliott, ZettaShip of Souls seemed very short and lacked description where I wanted answers The characters in the novel are from a wide range of backgrounds and all of them are easy to relate to The main character D had recently lost his mother to cancer and ha been placed in a foster home When he starts his new school he meets the formulaic characters Keem and Nyla Their friendship is almost instantaneous That friendship is tested when D is chosen as a host for a strange bird with [...]


  29. Ship of Souls is an fun, far stretched, urban fantasy enriched with a historic and supernatural plot line Dmitri, aka D , is a character who ll you surely love He is a spunky nerd who is trying to find himself once he loses his mother and has nowhere to turn After being placed in a foster home, D forms friendships with the basketball all star and freaky hot girl.Through this colorful and dramatic style, the author showcases non traditional teen aged characters with whom many young adults can rel [...]


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