Book 58 is a fun read while you’re…

Book 58 is a fun read while you’re at it — because you DO, like the characters, want to find out what happens to each of the characters and the relationships in the neighborhood. And I appreciate that author’s letting the young protagonist grapple with some moral gray areas in the tale — although since EVERYTHING works out so perfectly and beautifully, and since all the morally questionable deeds the young child performed resulted in her being viewed as the true heroine of the town, the end of the story feels really black and white and the questionable becomes celebrated. I don’t know that I feel entirely comfortable with this outcome. A couple other potential problems: The action that offers the central conceit through out the book is just not plausible; and the first person narrator slips into super grown-up talk mode once in a while.

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July 16, 2012 · 10:14 am

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