Hi all– Just put down Sharon Creech’s book The Great Unexpected. It was a complete delight. It is full of warm, lovable, eccentric characters starting with 2 orphans, level headed Naomi and Lizzie the chatterbox and moving on across to Ireland and 2 older ladies plotting and drinking tea in a manor house.
The story begins when a mysterious boy, Finn, drops out of a tree, charming the two young friends. Across the sea, Sybil Kavennaugh is planning her revenge at Rook’s Orchard. The intertwining lives of the characters takes some “unexpected” twists and turns until they are united in the end.
The charm of this book is the whimsical characters themselves, fresh and animated in their interactions. The dialogue is clever and lyrical, full of humor and deeper meanings. You love those two spunky little girls who take the tragedies of life with bravery and reflection.
It’s a quickly moving story that give you just enough detail to keep you guessing and intrigued. And it has the happiest of endings, left me enchanted. It’s lovely summer reading for any 8 to 12 year old.