6/26/12 ** On the Young Hoosier Nominee list for 2012-13. ** The two main characters are absolutely authentic. I could connect with both of them and thought that it would be really interesting to talk with children about what they thought of the quirks that so annoyed Owen and Viola about each other. The plot itself seemed somewhat fantastical, perhaps with elements of magical realism (ala' HOLES).
I can definitely see my students connecting with the story and the characters. Oh, so many good possibilities for read-alouds. I might consider inviting students to read this as a literature study. Lots of good discussion possibilities.