Just Joshua

This is an absorbing story about a young boy coming to realise that the perception of difference in a community can breed suspicion, impose isolation and cause mistrust. Joshua’s father is the only butcher in the village. All the other men make their living from fishing. More crucially, at the heart of the story is Joshua’s growing awareness that his father is a mountain man. Therein lies the legacy of cultural difference, fear and innuendo. During the course of a summer Joshua learns to give voice to his inner feelings with words. The significance of difference hadn’t occurred to him before. This is a sensitively written story which portrays the perception of identity as central to interpersonal relationships and ultimately the key to self-fulfilment. The story unfolds with a gently paced exposition of character. It is a worthwhile read and is thematically suitable for discussion and debate in a classroom context.