I completely approve of this as the 2011 Newbery choice. So, so, so good! It reminded me a lot of Holes...the interweaving plots between two time periods and the final connections of seemingly unrelated characters. With so many details, I think it's hard to make them all fall into place in a realistic way without giving too much away too soon, but Clare Vanderpool really pulled it off.
I also loved the historical
settings...WWI and the Great Depression. They were there adding interest
without taking over the story. I can still picture the town of
Manifest, and I laughed every time Abilene said she was going down the
"path to Perdition." There were just so many clever elements and details
and plot twists. Just really a good read!
I wrote this review before creating this blog.