- Paperback: 384 pages
- Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers; Reprint edition (May 23, 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 9780547550046
- ISBN-13: 978-0547550046
- ASIN: 0547550049
- Product Dimensions: 5.1 x 0.9 x 7.6 inches
- Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 53 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #103,832 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"This is one of those books that’s a delight from start to finish, quirky but grounded, with characters you'll fall in love with. While I wish Natalie Minks had been my kid sister so I could have gone off to have adventures with her, this is the next best thing." —Charles de Lint, author of The Blue Girl, Dingo, and Little (Grrl) Lost* "Both impressive and ambitious, Milford’s first novel rarely overreaches as it lays out an eerie and atmospheric vision of early-twentieth-century Americana, electrified by supernatural traces and a generously complex look at good, evil, and the wide swath in between." —Booklist, starred review"The tale is shrouded in mystery and explores themes of gaining confidence and recognizing evil, and Milford’s detail-rich prose makes it all the more haunting." —Publishers Weekly"This unusual story, with elements of folklore, tall tales and steampunk, has rich details of small-town America in the early 20th century as well as the impact of budding technology. Natalie is a well-drawn protagonist with sturdy supporting characters around her. The tension built into the solidly constructed plot is complemented by themes that explore the literal and metaphorical role of crossroads and that thin line between good and evil."—Kirkus Reviews
About the Author
Kate Milford is the New York Times bestselling author of the Edgar Award-winning, National Book Award nominee Greenglass House, as well as Ghosts of Greenglass House, Bluecrowne, The Boneshaker, The Broken Lands, and The Left-Handed Fate. She lives with her family in Brooklyn, New York.
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Overall, I think this is a terrific novel for kids and adults both. I look forward to seeing what the author does next.
Although the concepts of the book were well within my students' grasp, they found the book difficult to read. Even the most avid reader in the group had trouble finishing it. When asked why, all the students responded that it was "boring." They found it difficult to get into the story due to the slow development during the exposition and found that they cared little for the characters.
On a positive note, they were interested in the concept of a traveling medicine show and enjoyed researching similar fairs that actually existed. They also liked the fantasy elements of the story, although they found them bogged down in overlong descriptions and tired characters. I must admit that even as an adult reader, I found the novel boring and slow.
This certainly offers some refreshing new elements in a played-out genre, but the writing style makes it less accessible than it could have been with a more deft hand.
I would not recommend this to a friend or family member.
Sadly, in reading this book I've discovered what not to do when writing a book. Thus, unless you're set on buying books to learn from others mistakes, I would not advise anyone to purchase this title. It's fragmented and a tad dull.