1. Yes, I’ve never heard of this one either.

    Is “To Kill a Mockingbird” considered juvenile fiction? That’s the only one that pops to mind in answer to your question about novels with a sense of place…

    • Amy

      I don’t think it’s JF, but it definitely has a sense of place. Nobody ever forgets Maycomb, Alabama, for better or for worse. 🙂 I’ve been reading a good bit of JF these days that has a strong sense of place. It seems that JF authors capitalize on it a good bit.

  2. Haven’t heard of this one. I do like stories set in the Great Depression though.

    And sigh. Everytime I hear about you listening to audio books I wish that I was an audio learner. It would be so convenient! I just so easily tune out lecture tapes or books on tape that I’ve given up. Everytime I put one on and make an attempt to pay attention – I fall asleep! (I suppose this would not happen if I were driving around…but as it only takes about 7 minutes to drive from one end of town to the other, there’s not much point.) It would seem I must settle for books in hand.

  3. I haven’t read this one but just this week reviewed the book that “beat” it for this year’s Newbery medal, and in the process of reviewing it discovered this one. Glad to know you enjoyed it. One of my favorite recent YA novels with a great sense of place is Kathryn Fitzmaurice’s THE YEAR THE SWALLOWS CAME EARLY. Really enjoyed that one.

  4. Great review!

    I also listened to the audiobook version of this book. I thought it was well done as well (and yes, not seeing the spelling of names sometimes bothers me too).

    Moon Over Manifest was a Cybils nominee, but didn’t make the shortlist. It has a very similar feel to this one — same type of setting, even. I think it was a Newbery Honor too, right? Or did it even win the Medal?

  5. I personally love audiobooks, a good third of the books I read in a year are audio. Missing spellings can be annoying though. I haven’t heard of this one either but it does sound good, and I love books set during that time period.

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