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Quick read - Simplistic & moralistic
Reviewed in the United States on July 22, 2017
I'm an adult who read this book bc my eighth-grader was assigned it for summer reading. I figured I would also read it so we could discuss it. I read it in a day. I found the plot to be somewhat predictable and the vocabulary very basic. The heavy-handed nature of the author's even-good-kids-should-take-care-not-to-turn-into-bullies warning bore no subtlety whatsoever and was reminiscent of an "ABC After-school Special." (I'm showing my age here.) The message wasn't bad, per se, but given that the rest of her reading list included classics like 1984, A Raisin in the Sun, The Time Machine, The Scarlet Pimpernell, and Anne of Green Gables, I frankly expected this to be a better book. The characters are two-dimensional characitures, and the assumption that all middle-schoolers are jealous of their peers' success is quite insulting to any mature middle-schooler. I'm not sure why the teacher choose it; perhaps it was to give the class one easy, breezy read to offset the more challenging books. Again, it's not a horrible book, just simplistic in a pretty predictable way.