Created: 14th August, 2015

A Thief in the Village

Author: James Berry
Publisher: Puffin

These short stories are vignettes of Jamaican village life, full of the rhythms of Caribbean speech. The stories treat of relationships between weak and strong, between generations and among young people. The themes are universal and there is a strong sense of culture and place. The reader also has an awareness of the stories continuing after the last words that appear on the page. Did the boys eventually capture the mongoose from Elias? Did Fanso go in search of his father and brothers and sisters?