Jan 09, 08
children who will grow up to read Harlequin romances
Read in January, 2008
This book is also part of my Newbery quest. To be honest, I don't know how this book won. It reminded me of nothing so much as a sanitized Moll Flanders for children (no prostitution). It has that antiquated-pulp feel, implausible and sensationalistic. No child of her age in that era would have been sent to travel alone without a chaperone, there would have been a backup plan if anything went wrong, neither the story nor Charlotte's physical and personal changes could have occurred in the less than two months allotted...nothing about this story made sense to me. On top of that, the tone was so grim and dark that it lacked the fun and engaging-ness I want from a children's book. The only interest was in the sensationalism of the story...but there is truly something amiss when a Newbery-honoree children's book reads like a guilty pleasure.