Year Published: 1998
My students have raved about this book (and they rarely rave about any book), so I've been meaning to read it for a while. I really liked it. It's sort of a modern day fairy tale. It takes place in a thoroughly modern setting (a work camp for kids who have commited a crime) but the adults in charge of the camp are such villians that it gives it a whimsical vibe. Which is why we happily believe all the ridiculous coincidences that happen by the end of the story. The story isn't cheerful--there are past tragedies related, which all fit into the plot, and the suffering at the camp is painful. Parts are extremely suspenseful--I was flying through the pages! But all in all it was an easy and upbeat read.
Challenge/s: Young Adult; Well-Rounded
Book-a-week #: 38