Soonchild by Russell Hoban


Russell Hoban with Alexis Deacon (Illustrator)

144 pages first pub 2012 (editions)

fiction fantasy young adult adventurous slow-paced


Somewhere in the Arctic Circle, Sixteen-Face John, a shaman, learns that his first child, a soonchild, cannot hear the World Songs from her mother's womb. The World Songs are what inspire all newborns to come out into the world, and John must find...

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Community Reviews Summary of 39 reviews


adventurous 66%
mysterious 66%
dark 33%
emotional 33%
funny 33%
inspiring 33%
reflective 33%


fast 66%
medium 33%

Plot- or character-driven?

A mix: 33% | Character: 33% | Plot: 33%

Strong character development?

Yes: 66% | It's complicated: 33%

Loveable characters?

N/A: 33% | No: 33% | Yes: 33%

Diverse cast of characters?

Yes: 66% | No: 33%

Flaws of characters a main focus?

Yes: 100%

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