Book Review: Banner in the Sky
By: Aleena Khan
The novel Banner in the Sky by James Ramsey Ullman is a suspenseful and thrilling novel taking place in the luscious fields of a Swiss village called Kurtal. Rudi, the main character of the novel is a sixteen-year-old boy who has a passion for climbing and conquering mountains. He desperately wants to climb the Citadel, a towering mountain that is the last unconquered mountain of the Alps. Unfortunately, Rudi deals with a problematic past and pressure from his family that prevents him from achieving his dreams, along with nature taking its course in some situations, creating an adventurous read.
The conflicts in this novel specifically make it worth reading because they make this book very intriguing, and make readers want to keep reading. Many readers can relate to the common themes in this novel. For example, one wanting to do something that others do not approve can apply to today. For instance, young adults exploring careers they like, but their parents not approving their decisions. Also, people can relate to the relationship of Rudi and his father; how Rudi lives for his father and tries to live his legacy. Many children and adults yearn to follow in their parent’s footsteps. All in all, this book is a must read because it gives a great lesson to not let your past get in the way of your future dreams, no matter how difficult it seems.