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Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Middle Grade Book Review: The Great Unexpected by Sharon Creech

The Great Unexpected [Hardcover] by Sharon Creech
Reading level: Ages 8 and up
Hardcover: 240 pages
Publisher: HarperCollins (September 4, 2012)
ISBN-10: 0061892327
ISBN-13: 978-0061892325

I had big thoughts to match the big wind. I wondered if we find the people we need when we need them. I wondered if we attract our future by some sort of invisible force, or if we are drawn to it by a similar force. I felt I was turning a corner and that change was afoot.

In the little town of Blackbird Tree live two orphan girls: one Naomi Deane, brimming with curiosity, and her best friend, Lizzie Scatterding, who could talk the ears off a cornfield. Naomi has a knack for being around when trouble happens. For she knows all the peculiar people in town—like Crazy Cora and Witch Wiggins and Mr. Farley. But then, one day, a boy drops out of a tree. The strangely charming Finn boy. Then the Dingle Dangle man appears, asking all kinds of questions. Curious surprises are revealed—three locked trunks, a pair of rooks, a crooked bridge, and that boy. Soon Naomi and Lizzie find themselves zooming toward a future neither could ever have imagined. Meanwhile, on a grand estate across the ocean, an old lady whose heart has been deceived concocts a plan...

As two very different worlds are woven together, Newbery Medal winner Sharon Creech celebrates the gossamer thread that connects us all, and the great and unexpected gifts of love, friendship, and forgiveness.The Great Unexpected by Sharon Creech.

*I Smell Sheep will be spotlighting and reviewing middle grade and YA books that would make great gifts. We have recruited some kids to help us with this.

After reading the back blurb my 6th grade daughter Holly offered to read and answer some questions about this book. The Great Unexpected is for middle grade kids and Holly thinks 4th and 5th graders would enjoy it most.

Why did you pick this book to read? 

Holly: It looked like a mystery and I like mysteries and it actually was a mystery. 

What did you think of the book?
: It was really good a bit sad and slow at some parts but I think it deserves 3.5 sheep. 

Who was your favorite character?
: Lizzy because she was the funny one and she was always cheerful. 

Was the book sad, funny or scary?
: If was a little of all. 

At what point did you think “I want to read this book!”
: When I first got it. 

Would you read any other books by this author?
: Yes definitely. 

What is your sheep rating?
Holly: because it was slow in parts I give it 3.5 Sheep

Guest Reviewer: Holly - 6th grader

Goodreads reviews: 3.66 stars (325) ratings (121) reviews
amazon reviews: 4.5 stars (9) reviews

About the Author:
Sharon Creech is the author of the Newbery Medal winner Walk Two Moons and the Newbery Honor Book The Wanderer. Her other work includes the novels Hate That Cat, The Castle Corona, Replay, Heartbeat, Granny Torrelli Makes Soup, Ruby Holler, Love That Dog, Bloomability, Absolutely Normal Chaos, Chasing Redbird, and Pleasing the Ghost, as well as three picture books: A Fine, Fine School; Fishing in the Air; and Who's That Baby? Ms. Creech and her husband live in upstate New York.

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