I loved this book so much. Here's why: It is...
Here's what you should notice when you read it - because Creech is a master and we can all learn from a master, right?
- Third-person omniscient point of view (seamlessly done)
- Somebody made a rule that children's books shouldn't have adults as main characters. Somebody (aka Sharon Creech) proves that brilliant writers can break rules any ole dang time they want to. So there. (*fist bump, Sharon*)
- The setting is timeless. Other than a truck, there is nothing to ground us in time. Could be 1940. Could be 2013. Who cares? Nobody.
- Every word counts.
- The main characters of John and Marta are brilliantly developed. Notice their lovely dialogue.
- Ms. Creech has proven, once again, that she is the master of setting up a story QUICKLY. (Like, um, first paragraph.)
- Creech is not afraid to make a young reader worry, fret and feel sad. And, come on, who doesn't love a good bout of worrying, fretting, and feeling sad every now and then? What can we learn from this? Don't be a wimpy writer. (At least, that's what I learned.)