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Reviewed by Jessyca Garcia for Readers' Favorite
Crocodile Mothers Eat Their Young by Avi Morris is a work of fiction, although sadly, many kids have actually experienced what happens in the story. The story is told through foster father Hal Allen's eyes. At times the reader experiences what the kids, Selena and Valentina, go through. Morris gives his character Valentina, who the story focuses on, so much strength and courage. Valentina is a hero in this book and I wish that I could have even half the courage she has. The story did not end like I thought it would but, similar to real life, it rarely does. Crocodile Mothers Eat Their Young is a very powerful book. It was an eye opener about what some foster kids actually go through. The abuse that some of these kids suffer is terrible. I believe if more books were written about foster kids and their stories, it will help raise awareness.
This was a great book. From the first chapter I was hooked. The second chapter, where the story takes off, actually made me cry. As I have already mentioned, this is a work of fiction, but I had to remind myself of that constantly throughout the story. What makes this such a great story is that it raises awareness for foster kids. Not only does the book tell what happens through the kids' eyes, it also tells what the foster parents experience. I recommend this book to anyone who has ever considered becoming a foster parent. Hopefully this book will encourage more people to become foster parents.