|2010 Newbery Winner|
This is a good novel. It makes you think and entertains at the same time. It is confusing at times, and Stead expects her readers to be able to handle a certain level of confusion while they read it. It is a mystery after all. Answers will be revealed, but you'll have to wait until the last quarter of the book to get them. It reminded me of a mix between A Wrinkle in Time and The Westing Game.
My only beef with the book is that the Lord's name is taken in vain a handful of times. I don't like that anytime, but I think it is unnecessary and easily replaceable in a book aimed at a young audience.
For those of you who've read it, Rebecca Stead grew up in NYC as an only child, had a laughing man near her home, and her own mother was a contestant on $10,000 Pyramid. : )