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Johnny Swanson by Eleanor Updale
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Mar 28, 2011

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bookshelves: juvenile-historical
Read in April, 2011

Updale's Montmorency books are truly some of my favorite juvenile historical literature, so I was really excited about this. And it is very good, an engrossing & well-written story: but it's very dark. Of course, dark things have happened aplenty in the Montmorency saga, but there is a fair amount of humor there, too. This book doesn't have any rest from sad & seemingly inescapable events happening to the main character, Johnny Swanson. Luckily, things do get straightened out at the end & it is an interesting mystery, but it kind of hurts to see what Johnny has to go through at the hands of his neighbors & former friends to get there. It's also interesting to see what a terrifying scourge tuberculosis was in the 1920's, & something kids may find interesting if weird to read about: the almost universal usage of the vaccine in America may have some kids wondering what TB is.

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