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I love this author and she did not fail with this story. As a school librarian, I read children books during the summer so I know what to recommend to students. I think most kids have fantasy about building amazing secret club house, forts, tree houses etc. This story will definitely feed their imagination. The characters are quirky, interesting and readers easily get invested in them. I will definitely be recommending this book to my 3rd through 5th graders. I have read Pax and Clementine, also written by Pennypacker; I also loved those stories too. I will encourage students to read any book by Sara Pennypacker.
I cried nonstop from page 295 and page 307! Oh my goodness! What a touching story! It is all about accepting yourself, your life circumstances, yet never giving up on hopes and dreams, even if they seem unrealistic. It had a slow start. Then I was glad that I am a person who has a hard time abandoning books (accepting myself!). It is the best $0.99 that I ever spent. I think I am going to have my children’s literature students buy their own copy.
I loved it and bought it for my grandson!!!! Great book, I think adutls as well as children would enjoy it. Two kids in difficult situations try to grow plants to make needed money and overxome a series of difficuties! The children are cantankerous, realistic, believable and sympathetic.
It took a little bit to get into and understand the essence of the story, but once the foundation was set, the story took off culminating in a real world view through the lens of a camera and “Magic Fairness Land.”
So genuine and beautifully written. Sara Pennypacker is a treasure. Her work conjures decades old vivid memories of my own formative years. This book is filled with therapeutic affirmation for young readers and bittersweet nostalgia for older readers. Highly recommended.
This book was lovely (delivery was quick and package received well) - funny and touching. If you ever felt like an outsider as a kid (or still do) this book will make you feel seen, heard, and represented.