2 thoughts on “Your Guide to the 2011 Mock Newbery, Part Two

  1. 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.

  2. 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!

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