Monday, October 25, 2010

Book Review

Title: Land of a Hundred Wonders
By: Lesley Kagen
Pages: 289

Book Description:
The summer Gibby McGraw catches her big break, the cicadas are humming, and it’s so warm even the frogs are sweating. Brain damaged after a tragic car accident that took both her parents, Gibby is now NQR (Not Quite Right), a real challenge for a fledgling newspaper reporter. Especially when she stumbles upon the dead body of the next governor of Kentucky, Buster Malloy.

Armed with her trusty blue spiral note-book, Gibby figures that solving the murder might be her best chance to prove to everyone that she can become Quite Right again. But she gets more than she bargained for when she uncovers a world of corruption, racism, and family secrets in small town Cray Ridge. Lucky for her, she’s also about to discover that some things are far more important than all the brains in the world, and that miracles occur in the most unexpected moments.

My thoughts:
I really like this book! Though it was a little sad at times how people treated Gibby, the main character, I found this book to be a bit funny. She might be a little brain damaged, a little slow, and not quite remember everything, but she is certainly not stupid. This book touched on just about everything... family, relationships, secrets, miracles, abuse, love and race just to name a few. I got a little teary eyed in two spots on this book, and I think that any book that can spark emotion from its reader is worth recommending! One of my favorite things about this book is Gibby's jumbled up brain and the authors use of Homophones (man, I had to dig back in to my grade school English for that word!).I also love Gibby's literal interpretations of everyday sayings ;-)

If you are interested in this book, read it! Also check out "Whistling in the Dark" It was a good one too!

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  1. How many books did you bring home from your library visit? muhaha

  2. I might have to check this book out! I just finished the Uglies series and I'm looking for something new to read.