Readers Favorite Bronze Medal Award Winner: Rosie’s Umbrella: New 2017 Edition
Reviewed by Cheryl E. Rodriguez for Readers’ Favorite | Bronze Medal Award Winner | 2017| Rosie’s Umbrella: New 2017 Edition by Denny Taylor. Hardcover, paperback and ebook now available. Buy on: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Books-a-Million | Indigo Books | IndieBound.
By Cheryl E. Rodriguez for Readers’ Favorite: Bronze Medal Award Winner
Rosie’s Umbrella written by Denny Taylor is a story of an unspeakable family secret. Rosie Llewelyn and her classmates are given an assignment to research their personal history, concentrating on the origin of their family name. But, what if you don’t have a past? In the Llewelyn’s Boston home, there were no family photos, no stories shared; nothing seemed to exist before Rosie was born. However, after Aunt Sarah gets trapped in an elevator at work, everything changes. Rosie’s aunt suddenly becomes grief stricken; the trauma of the past engulfs her whole being, changing her radically. For forty years, Rosie’s parents and aunt had kept a secret; they were imprisoned by a gripping silence. When the past and the present collide, Rosie is determined to help her aunt unlock the memories of the past by going on a personal quest to discover her “own truth.”
Rosie’s Umbrella is a spellbinding piece of literature. Profound and exquisitely written, Denny Taylor’s exceptional story lures you in. It is a story of heritage, of shame and regret. But more importantly, it is a pursuit of self discovery, healing and reconciliation. The opening quote by Martin Luther King Jr. summarizes the theme of the narrative: “Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly.” Purposely illusive, the story is told through the confused and delusional voice of the young protagonist. The setting transcends time and location, the old and the new are intricately woven together. Most of the story is told through memories, recollections of thought, not in real time. The conflict is an internal struggle to find oneself, a rift between what is real and what is not. There are so many insightful thoughts described, especially regarding the power of storytelling, my favorite being: “There are always stories within stories.” Using a directive within the text, I encourage you to “read deeply” the story of Rosie’s Umbrella. Maybe you will find a bit of yourself within this unforgettable tale.
Reviewed by Cheryl E. Rodriguez for Readers’ Favorite, 2017.
This new 2017 edition includes two additional chapters – “Reflections on Rosie’s Umbrella” written by Jack David Eller, University of Northern Colorado, and Richard C. Owen, Founder and CEO, Richard C. Owen Publishers; and “Epilogue: Writing Rosie’s Umbrella” written by author Denny Taylor, as well as additional front matter.
Author: Denny Taylor
Book: Rosie’s Umbrella – 2017 Second Edition
Garn Press (362 pp., 2017 Second Edition)
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“Denny Taylor’s Rosie’s Umbrella is a great read that combines fantasy and mystery to make a delightful read for young adult readers. A page-turner, and an emotionally charged story that will wake readers up and make them see the injustices around them. It is as entertaining as it is spellbinding.” – Reviewed By Arya Fomonyuy for Readers’ Favorite
“… The book’s depiction of the pain of buried family history and strained family relationships is poignant and provides its emotional through line … A novel with a keen understanding of the complexity of family secrets and the tensions between loving family members.” – Kirkus Review
“Rosie’s Umbrella is a moving meditation as well as a novel, one that crosses continents and time in order to explore the ways in which the ghost of things past, dramatic and disturbing, can go on affecting lives into the future. It is also a mystery – and a real page-turner. I read it in a single sweep, and recommend you do the same.” – Geoff Ward, Principal of Homerton College and Deputy Vice, Chancellor at the University of Cambridge, and Chairman of the Fitzwilliam Museum
“Rosie’s Umbrella is a gripping, page-turning, wild ride, fueled by great passion, deep humanity, and an urgent call for justice.” – James Paul Gee, Mary Lou Presidential Professor, Arizona State University
“I really, really enjoyed reading Rosie’s Umbrella by Denny Taylor. The book is very well written and descriptive. It is exciting from cover to cover and included many scenes that made me gasp out loud. I was hooked by the first page, and I did not want to put the book down.” – Reviewed By Kristen Van Kampen (Teen Reviewer) for Readers’ Favorite
“Wonderful insights into Welsh history and culture. It is easy to forget the struggles of miners.” – Yetta M. Goodman, Regents Professor Emerita, University of Arizona
“What an amazing adventure. I’ve known only Denny Taylor’s professional writing, so was thrilled to find that she could keep me spell-bound with this gripping story. To put it mildly, it is a page-turner. If you are searching for a story that will capture all the members of your book club this is it!” – Dorothy Watson, Professor Emeritus of Education, University of Missouri
“My favorite part of the book was the moment when I understood what the title meant as it was a wonderful “aha” moment that made me feel like I had solved a mystery too. Rosie Llewelyn was easily my favorite character as she was a strong, independent girl capable of making tough choices. I admired the strength of her character and her determination to learn about her Aunt Sarah, even when faced with opposition.” – Reviewed By Sefina Hawke for Readers’ Favorite
“I couldn’t put it down in spite of being so busy, a great story and characters AND what a wonderful reflection on memory and history.” – Ruth Finnegan, FBA, OBE, Professor, Faculty of Social Sciences, The Open University, UK
“In Rosie’s Umbrella, Denny Taylor beautifully captures what happens when young adults have opportunities to grapple with injustices that relate to identity, culture, and history. With a bit of support and guidance from adults like Aunt Sarah and teacher Margaret, all adolescents like Rosie have the potential to find their voices and take action as social agents of change. This novel will inspire young and old to pursue their own social justice investigation.” – Monica Taylor, Associate Professor, Montclair University
“Once in a while a novel comes around and not only touches me as a reader but an educator as well. This novel does both. As an educator, I am inspired to be more like Margaret, Rosie’s teacher, committed to helping children develop their voice in telling stories. Taylor weaves together a 21st century family complete with secrets of about their history in 19th century Wales. The vivid accounts of both past and present will resonate with all audiences. This is a highly readable, enjoyable book, deserving of wide circulation.”- Pat Geyer, Teacher-Educator, Hofstra University
“I LOVED this book!!! It is a powerful and enjoyable read that will leave you wanting more.” – Kathy Olmstead, Assistant Professor, Brockport College, SUNY