Set in the valleys of South Wales at the tail end of Thatcher’s Britain, The Green Indian Problem is the story of Green, a seven year old with intelligence beyond his years – an ordinary boy with an extra-ordinary problem: everyone thinks he’s a girl.
Green sets out to try and solve the mystery of his identity, but other issues keep cropping up – God, Father Christmas, cancer – and one day his best friend goes missing, leaving a rift in the community and even more unanswered questions. Dealing with deep themes of friendship, identity, child abuse and grief, The Green Indian Problem is, at heart, an all-too-real story of a young boy trying to find out why he’s not like the other boys in his class.
If you want a story that pulls at your heart strings this is the book for you, I felt as though I wanted to protect Green, with everything that is going on with him and how he is feeling at such a young age. The story explores quite deep subjects that include identity and child abuse which made me really emotional. I just felt as though I wanted to jump into the book and save Green, I have never had a book made me feel like that before. I think Jade has written this book very well, and I look forward to more of Jade’s books in the future. This book will stay with me for a very long time.
I received an ARC copy of this book for an honest review. Thank you to Will at Renard Press for sending me a copy.
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