"Mercy" is a short biography of ASPCA founder Henry Bergh, aimed at the mid-grade set. Because it deals with animal cruelty, it is not always an easy or pleasant read.
Nevertheless, it paints a picture of the times in which Bergh lived and how unusual it was for anyone in his high social position to speak up on behalf of animals.
The book also contains some informative sidebars about contemporary historical figures like P.T. Barnum and Louisa May Alcott, as well as things like the history of political cartoons and circuses.
The watercolor illustrations are appropriate for a book aimed at younger readers, and there are also some excellent historical photographs included to show the basis for the interior paintings.
Nicely done, and a good introduction to the historical importance of the anti-cruelty movement.
Okay, published in 2007, I had missed this one. But it was not a great loss.
Aubrey is a great character and his mess and flaws are quite credible, I understand the dynamics between him and the family he works for. But the story with Kelly escapes me, mainly because I can't understand on what basis Kelly (a kid who can't accept NO for an answer from an unknown, alcoholic cuckold with anger issues) justifies his expectations, and because Aubrey feels terribly guilty rather than simply regretful. However, I could round up the "great character stupid plot" with 3 stars, but the fact that the two semi-decent sex scenes take place with two characters who are not Kelly doesn't make me feel guilty to give this book 2 stars.