Review: This book could have easily earned 5 stars. I like how Spinelli opened the novel with a setting of the present while the bulk of the book is set in the summer of 1959, then ending the book right smack back in the present pulling the whole story together. I also like how Spinelli eased into the progression of the mourning process of the protragonist, Cammie over the loss of her mother whom she never knew with the climax smacking the reader in the face. I liked how Spinelli included the trustee’s “the housemaid” diary entry as another point of view that provided a summary of the events that happened in the summer of 1959 towards the end of the book. Spinnelli’s writing is so beautiful that it just stops you in your tracks as you read. However, I think including the character, Boo Boo was a mistake. Including the events of the protagonist with Boo Boo was the book’s biggest downfall. So much so, I don’t think this book is a Newbery contender for 2018. However, it is a good read–just not notable.
Do I believe it is a 2018 Newbery Contender? No
Is it a contender as a read aloud for my 2017-2018 class? No