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Trouble by Gary D. Schmidt
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Dec 31, 08

bookshelves: old-reads, 2008-mt-bookpile
Read in March, 2008

I've spoken with my Middle School students about books like this, those written as contemporary fiction but set in the near-past (eg, my lifetime). Any book written/set in the 60s-90s isn't historical enough unless there's a real need to use the past (like, talking about the Vietnam War or Woodstock). Just "because" doesn't interest them. Kids without cellphones or video games or computers seem unreal, and they just don't care.

This book could have, very easily, been written "today" but I suspect that the author is more comfortable writing what he knows, which is, well, the near past. And then there's over exposition, over description, and banging on the head with Important Information.

As with his last book (Wednesday Wars), I think I'll have a difficult time selling this to my kids. And believe me, with the last one, I really, really tried.
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