Wednesday, September 14, 2011

How High the Moon

How High the Moon by Sandra Kring

I find most of my books by looking under the customers-who-bought-this-also-bought-this section of Amazon.  Found this one there.  And it had 5 star reviews.  But upon reading it, was kinda disappointed.  It reads like a young-adult lit book.  But TOO young adult.  Too slow.  Too boring.  Not enough drama.  The reviews speak otherwise though, so maybe you should decide yourself.

Publishers Weekly review from Amazon:

The summer of 1955 is a tough one for 10-year-old ragamuffin Isabella, nicknamed Teaspoon, who's been enlisted into a Big Sister–style program that's supposed to teach her civilized behavior. Five years earlier, Teaspoon's mother took off for Hollywood, leaving her boyfriend, Teddy, and her daughter to take care of each other; now a full-fledged tomboy, Teaspoon is paired in the program with popular 18-year-old Brenda Bloom, whose mother owns the movie theater in their suburban Milwaukee town. Sketched with nostalgic sweetness, this hard-luck coming-of-age story sees Teaspoon discovering her talent for singing while getting caught up in plans for the theater's gala re-opening, her mother's promised return, Teddy's budding relationship with Sunday school teacher Miss Tuckle, and Brenda's romantic dilemmas. Kring (The Book of Bright Ideas) gives her young, put-upon protagonist an authentically weary voice, but telegraphs her plot revelations, provoking little emotion beyond the mildly touching. Though the chatterbox heroine makes an engaging narrator, readers may be reminded more of Dennis the Menace than Anne of Green Gables.

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