Well, friends, there's been a bit of anticipation around what old Mrs. Mimi was going to say about Novel 98 from the list of the Top 100 Children's Novels. You see, evidently #98 made it's way into the childhood hearts of many of you while I, an avid reader as a child, had never heard of it before. (gasps from the crowd)
#98 is The Children of Green Knowe by L.M. Boston.
(Click on the image if you can't resist and must have the link to buy this title asap.)
And I have to admit, I'm a teensy bit nervous to review this one. Just a smidge.
Now don't freak out on me here. I didn't hate it. No, no, no. No worries. Mrs. Mimi is NOT going to rip this book a new one. HOWEVER...I can't say that I loved it.
Is it safe to come out now?
In general, I have to say it was hard for me to stay engaged in this one. I found myself reading ahead, skipping pages and skimming. Which is not a good sign. I hardly EVER do that. In fact, I have a girlfriend who religiously reads the last pages of chapters and books FIRST and then (I suspect) does a good skim job with the rest.
(Is anyone else giggling over the term "skim job"? No? Maybe?)
Anyway, I think this is a TERRIBLE habit, but from time to time, I find myself doing the same thing. And, I've done it so few times, that I can actually name the books this has happened with.
So, um, yeah....there was some skimming.
Basically, this book is about a little boy, Toseland, (I'm not kidding, that's his name.) who is sent to live with his great-grandmother in what seems to be a really old-school fabulous castle with crazy grounds, horse stables and some ghosts. (Did she say "ghosts"?) Yes, I said ghosts. You see, there are all these children who used to live in Green Knowe (the castle) and have evidently died. Their ghosts visit the great-grandmother and soon, the little boy as well. Throughout the book the boy is entertained by stories of days-gone-by told by his great-grandmother as well as quests to spend time with these ghosts or memories...I'm not really sure if there ARE actual ghosts or this is all imaginary or if that fact matters at all.
Coming in at a level T (according to this leveled book list which uses Fountas and Pinnell's leveling system), this book is appropriate for just right readers probably in sixth grade. (You're totally right ChrisinNY- thanks!) Although I know that there are smarty pants out there who may be a level T all ahead of schedule...and kudos to them!
I feel like I am NOT doing this book justice AT ALL. And I feel really bad about it. For realsies. I wanted to log on and write this post where I was all, "This book is amazeballs!" But I can't. (Noah, my arctic friend, I feel like I'm letting YOU down in particular...please chime in!)
Help me, oh lovers of this book?
Next up...#97 The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane...join me!