Some books are a pure pleasure to read. Dot to Dot by Kit Bakke is one such book.
Dot is a young teenager who has just witnessed the death of her free-spirited mother. Reeling from this tragedy, Dot is forced to travel to England with her rough-around-the-edges Aunt Tab. Aunt Tab insists that the travels will help bring Dot understanding and comfort, but Dot would rather sit at home, in her room, curled up on her Tinkerbell rug.
Dot — full name Dorothy Mary-Jane — didn’t get a chance to learn the whole story behind her unique name before her mother died. She only knows that it is very special. Traipsing though England, with Aunt Tab as her guide, Dot will discover the three amazing women who are her namesakes, as well as face the reality of life without her mother.
This adorable story of strength and self-discovery is loaded with quiet wisdom and solid life advice. Dot is an incredibly likable character with a genuine voice. The literary storyline about Dot’s namesakes, Jane Austen, Mary Wollstonecraft and Dorothy Wordsworth, is an interesting trek through history and an enlightening journey about how to be true to yourself. Bakke’s commentary on loss, life and love is touching and enjoyable, her plot carefully crafted. A great read for girls, daughters, mothers, nieces and aunts everywhere.
Rated: Mild for just two or three mild swear words