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Your Guide to the 2011 Mock Newbery, Part Two

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You are hilarious. Love these reviews! I only read the first Thief book by Megan Whalen Turner and I was all GAH, does she have to spend QUITE this much time describing the ROCKS? Yes, we get it, long journey, lots of rocks. GENUG WITH THE ROCKS!

And I loved One Crazy Summer too. I *know* my daughter (who liked The Thief a lot more than I did) would have liked it if I could have gotten her to read past the first four pages. She was so confused by the amount of information thrown at her -- we meet or are told about six characters, and we don't know who this "Cecile" is yet, plus my kid did not know what a "Boeing 727" was or who Cassius Clay was and why he changed his name to Muhammad Ali, and wait, is he a friend of the family... it was all too frustrating for her and she was DONE. And she's not a dimwit. I'll give it to her again in a year or two. I adored it.

December 10, 2010 | Unregistered Commentermarjorie

Thanks, Marjorie! I think it's a good idea to try again later with One Crazy Summer--that book is worth coming back to. Did you read The Rock and the River? Similar subject matter, MUCH heavier, but also very good.
And I certainly think the MWT books are skillfully done.... just NOT my kind of book, at all!

December 11, 2010 | Registered CommenterAmy

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