Rating: 1-5 (5 is an excellent or a Starred review) 4
Genre: Historical Fiction
What did you like about the book? Laz’s growth in the book is evident. Hard times often force maturity and Laz dealt with his situation well considering. The connections Laz made to those around him were especially poignant.
Anything you didn’t like about it? The wrap up seemed a bit rushed. The arrival of a sympathetic doctor at the end seemed convenient. However, he was a nice plot tool for setting up Laz’s immediate need to form a plausible excuse as well as decide on his next steps.
To whom would you recommend this book? Any child looking for regional historic fiction like Forbes’ Johnny Tremain.
Who should buy this book? Middle Schools and Public Libraries
Where would you shelve it? Juvenile Fiction
Should we (librarians/readers) put this on the top of our “to read” piles? Not at the top.
Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City and State: Sadina Shawver, Robbins Library, Arlington, MA
Date of review: 08/16/2017