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Thursday, August 30, 2012

Literary Lady Reviews YA Fiction by Book 'Em Pariticpant


Title: The Cadence of Gypsies
Author: Barbara Casey
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Genre: Young Adult Fiction
ISBN-10: 0982081286; ISBN-13: 978-0982081280
Review published:
Review Rating: 5 stars
Publisher: Gauthier Publications

 Reviewed by Literary Lady Patricia Daly-Lipe,

The Cadence of Gypsies was written for young adults. However, this old adult loved it. To me, the book has rhyme and cadence like a song being interwoven, its parts coming from seemingly unintended attributes. Yes, a Deceptive cadence which does not resolve itself until the end. Or perhaps the analogy would be Scrabble. Author Barbara Casey has truly fitted parts in a way that challenge the reader. Plus she uses her writing skill to entice and elicit inquiry and research. "Why?" you question as you hurry to turn the page only to be presented with another "Why?" Little by little, the parts fit. The diagram takes shape. While all the intrigue is going on, the reader is loving (or loathing) the characters, sympathizing, recognizing, or qualifying each person as he and she is presented.

To the delight of this reader, in addition to the construction, this wonderful book incorporates places, names and facts. The Voynich Manuscript is real. The famous vineyards and territory of Frascati and the historic Villa Mondragone are beautifully and well depicted. The story evolves while being nourished by historical and relevant data including musical, mathematical, and artistic references thanks to the three FIGS (females of intellectual genius).

Yes, The Cadence of Gypsies is a book to share with all members of the family and one to add to the Classics in our libraries. Thank you, Barbara Casey.


Barbara Casey is the author of eight award-winning novels, written for both adults and young adults, and numerous articles, poems, and short stories. In addition to her own writing, she is an editorial consultant and president of the Barbara Casey Literary Agency which she established in 1995. She makes frequent guest appearances at universities and writers’ conferences across the country, and will be guest speaker at Book’Em NC in February 2013 held in Lumberton, North Carolina. Barbara lives on a mountain in Georgia with her husband and Benton, a hound-mix who adopted her.
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Barbara Casey said...

The Cadence of Gypsies was considered by the Smithsonian for its list of Most Outstanding Books.

Anonymous said...

Great review and terrific book. I loved it.