1 1/2 Stars
This book was dumb.
Considering how Adrienne raved about it, I was very disappointed. I have talked to her since starting to read the book, and she acknowledges that she was very young when she read it, and it does take place over Christmas, so she could understand if it didn’t do for me what it did for her.
Anyway, it’s about a boy who thinks he’s an ordinary boy but is really far from ordinary, and his adventurous twelfth Christmas. Only it’s not written very well, and his adventures aren’t all that adventuresome. Instead of actually doing anything interesting, the boy seems to just be along for the ride as a bunch of cryptic nonsense unfolds. The surprises aren’t surprising. The characters aren’t interesting. And the plot isn’t engaging. It tries to be all mystical, with a grand back story, but it just doesn’t work. Imagine the first Harry Potter book, but written as badly as the movie was made. That’s this book in a nutshell.
I suppose this might be a good book for kids, but it’s the first Newberry book I have read that was not enjoyable for me, the adult.