I enjoyed Ingrid Law's first book, Savvy, quite a lot. I'm not the only one; it garnered an Newbery Honor. So I was very chuffed when I received an ARC of her second book, Scumble. This was many months ago. I started it quickly, but when my fourth grader saw the cover illustration he asked to read it.
By the time I got it back I had to start from the beginning, which is one of the weakest parts of the book. The voice of the first person narrator is fresh and believable, but his habit of wallowing in guilt for things that are clearly not his fault bugged me. And his mother's savvy horrified me and left me gasping in disbelief that her family still tolerated her. But once Ledger got left by himself in Wyoming I settled down and enjoyed myself. I still felt that the author had some Ideas she wanted to say about children following their own dreams instead of their parent's plans, and how facing your fears is better than ignoring them, and sometimes she really forced events and people to illustrate these Ideas. I don't remember bothering about that with her first book. B
My family is group reading a book each month (well, that's the plan) and for this month P picked Scumble. Since I just finished it, we'll probably be going out for a discussion soon. I'll report back then. Oh, and my real book club just met for our January Movie Meeting, which was a fun Katherine Hepburn farce. I missed the beginning because I was cheering A along at a gymnastic meet. Kids today are amazing, and especially the ones in my family. She was all over the bars and on top of the beam and doing something on the vault and flipping herself around on the floor. Go A!