This one sat on my shelf for a long time between the time I picked it up (summer) and when I finally finished it (this morning). I read, and fell in love with, The Wednesday Wars, and I thought Trouble was pretty fantastic too, so I anticipated loving this one as much... but it just didn't grab me. The writing and imagery was beautiful, but I wasn't as attached to Turner in the same way as I'd been to Holling. In addition, I was shocked at the death of Lizzie. I guess I didn't anticipate such a move from a children's book author. Also, the ending came too abruptly -- I needed more closure.
I won't give up on you, Gary D. Schmidt! I look forward to the next one.
Labels: middle grade, newbery, printz