A surprisingly delightful little gem. It's not what I was expecting at all. The characters were interesting funny and made me think about how we underestimate our elderly and how we judge by appearance and pre conceived ideas, do yourself a favour and read this then make your teenagers read it ! You won't be disappointeded.
What a fantastic book, I loved it. This is a story I believe people of all ages would enjoy. Blair Denholm is a true story teller, and has that ability to easily draw the reader in. Catherine Brewer is a great character, and I really enjoyed her quick wit and sense of humour. Catherine Brewer really didn’t want to go on the school excursion to the retirement home. Besides the fact that it didn’t sound like a particularly interesting day, she was sick and tired of her fellow class mates making fun of her. It wasn’t Catherine’s fault that she was far more intelligent than the other kids. However, visiting the ‘Passing Winds’ retirement home didn’t turn out to be such a bad outing for Catherine after all. Especially since she met Olga Pivovarov, one of the more colourful residents of the retirement home. Catherine took an instant shine to Olga, and once she found out that she wasn’t happy living there, Catherine decided to break her out. Do yourself a favour and read this book, you won’t be disappointed. 5/5 Star Rating
Escape From Passing Winds is a fiction book for young teens/tweens (?), by Australian author, Blair Denholm. After the failure of her numerous clever attempts to avoid a much-dreaded class excursion to Passing Winds Old Folks Home, Catherine Brewer’s interest is piqued by what she hears from a resident she’s not even supposed to be visiting. Olga Pivovarov claims to be at Passing Winds against her will, and Catherine’s sense of fairness kicks in: she’s going to break Olga out and see she gets justice.
Soon this feisty old lady and her resourceful rescuer are on an escapade that takes them through a shed, an old theatre, a synagogue, a library and a derelict house; there are grapes and cheese sandwiches and rats and vodka; they use a bus, a bike, a taxi, a train and a sportscar; unexpected assistance comes from a taxi-driver, a rabbi and a private investigator.
Catherine is almost an anti-heroine: she has little respect for her parents, her teachers, her classmates and anyone in authority; she has a rather a high opinion of herself (is very smart and knows it); she can be quite impulsive; she is sometimes nasty, and sly when it is called for, but is also tenacious when she believes in her cause.
There are plenty of quirky characters to enjoy, and young readers will delight in the witty wordplay that Denholm includes. His portrayal of several of the adults as grossly inept will, no doubt, also appeal to the target age group. With a cover as colourful as the characters, this madcap adventure definitely makes for a fun read.
A story about a precocious and hilarious young girl and a high-spirited and courageous elderly woman who partner up to embark on a unique adventure. I loved Blair Denholm’s sense of humour. He is a such a great story teller!