Being the main character, the boy Miguel needed to be likeable or, at the very least, understandable. The best that can be said about his voice is that Krumgold probably intended his roundabout thoughts to be endearing.
They were not.
Summary of the plot: Miguel is the 12-year-old son of a shepherd who longs to be allowed to journey with the rest of the men into the mountains of the Sangre do Cristo range in New Mexico. It his most fervent hope. Which means that we as readers should care about whether or not his dream is fulfilled.
I did not care.
There were bits and pieces I liked throughout, but the book as a whole did not hold my interest. I had to force myself to finish it. Krumgold won the Newbery twice, the second time for Onion John
, which I remember loving as a child. In a few months, I'll find out just how reliable my childhood taste in books was.
Onto the next (The Wheel on the School