Watersmeet by Ellen Jensen Abbott
Main characters: Abisina, Haret
Most outcasts were set outside the village as an infant to be eaten by centaurs. Fourteen-year-old Abisina is an outcast. Growing up without a father has aroused some curiosity in Abisina about who the mystical man is. Abisina was born with her beautiful green eyes, dark skin, and dark colored hair, and that’s just something she’ll have to live with. The reason she is still alive is her mother’s status, the village healer. As the “Day of Penance” would be taking place in only one day, Abisina’s stomach started churning. She had a bad feeling that she would not live to tell the story of Charach. Abisina is used to be being spit on and called “dirty dwarf” and “unclean”, but now the whole village wants to make the village a “cleaner” place.
Fleeing from the violence, judge mental, and cruel village isn’t as easy said as done. Once awakened, Abisina finds herself in a small underground cave with two people. The first person she sees turns out to be Haret’s grandmother. The second she wakes up to find is Haret. These two people, or should I say dwarfs, will help Abisina to stricken her path to destiny and try to find her father along the way.
My favorite part of the story happens to be just when Abisina wakes up. Abisina is confused and just as judgmental as her village. She wakes up and wants to do two things; ask questions, “Where’s my mother?”, “Where am I?”, “Who are you?”, and she tries to escape. This doesn’t work because of her lack of strength.
When I think of the book there’s nothing that I would change; I would give it a five out of five! It’s truly an amazing book with a sad but embracing ending!!
- Hannah (8th Grade)