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...And Now Miguel by Joseph Krumgold
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May 10, 12

bookshelves: 2012-read, alterna-history, americana, animals, fathers, forgettable, kidlit, liberry, read-the-newberys
Read from May 04 to 08, 2012

I'd really prefer to give this 2.5 stars, but as that's not one of the choices and it definitely isn't a 3, here you go with 2.

I'm behind on book reading, book reviewing, library fines, and work, so I'm not really going to write a review. I'm just going to say that this had the potential to be a great book. The story itself is good, and interesting, and sort of charming, and I could definitely relate to Miguel. However, the grammar choices were ... well, disturbing and possibly even offensive. That is, I don't know what nationality Krumgold is, or what he's trying to imply, but at first I thought this book was actually taking place in Mexico. When I realized it was in New Mexico, and that NM was a state at the time of the writing, I really couldn't figure out what point the author was trying to make by giving Miguel the voice he did. I think there are ways he could have made his point that Miguel is a 12-year-old kid, and also ways he could have made clear that English wasn't his first language (if that was in fact his point); but instead, the writing was just hard to wade through. And near the end, there were a couple of "yous" that should have been "yours" but were incongruous to the rest of the book so I couldn't decide if they were typos or just bad editing. That irritated me enough to remove any thought of that third star :)

Good story; not so great writing.

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Reading Progress

05/04/2012 page 7
05/04/2012 page 34
13.0% "A secret of only one person after a while gets too hard to keep. To make it real you have to tell someone else, even though they laugh at you, you've got to tell. Otherwise, all you got left is just one small, dried-up secret that's not worth anything."
05/05/2012 page 111
43.0% "About hymns: "More important, for instance, than "On Top of Old Smoky" which everyone can understand and is all right for every day. But in a time like this, when everything meant a lot, I'd just as soon have a hymn to sing."

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message 1: by Deena (new)

Deena The fact that it was originally published in 1952 says alot...

Antof9 Yup. The publication dates have been one of the most interesting parts of the Read the Newberys group for me.

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