Emma-Jean Lazarus Fell Out of a Tree by Lauren Tarshis
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
This is an okay middle grade read about another socially awkward child. I think stories like that used to be pretty rare, but not so much anymore, which means in light of other options, this one just isn’t my favorite. Still, it’s a decent story that will appeal to some kiddos.
There’s something about the storytelling that is a bit stilted and does too much telling and too much “making of points” to really connect with me. I prefer a story that can make good points without spelling them out in such an obvious way. I know that approach is more common in MG literature, but I still think kids are super smart. You don’t have to always state the obvious. If you write a good story, they will get it, and more writers should trust their young readers to find the takeaways on their own, without harping on them so much.
Also, some aspects of the storyline are left hanging and not resolved, or even addressed, at the end of the story, which is highly unsatisfying.
Book 113 read in 2018