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The Willoughbys by Lois Lowry
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Mar 28, 2008

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after reading a review, i was quite eager to read this book. when i started it, i became afeared it might be too lemony snickety. but, my fears were allayed. lowry plumbs from a variety of classic children's literature, but is not so doomy. because that's a word.

however, i can't help comparing this effort to mabel maney's stellar nancy clue series. which, granted, is a send-up of nancy drew and written for adults. but, that brings me to a point. although humorous, i am dubious that children will be able to understand fully the elements in the willoughbys. which, i guess is in part the author's point - directing littles to classic children's literature? but, i can't see it taking off among america's youth. although, i'm sure it will popular with librarians and booksellers. it's an intriguing book, certainly. but, i can't see myself recommending it to fresh-faced youths.

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