Finn Boy, a Toy

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Two orphan girls lived in the little town of Blackbird Tree; Naomi Deane, a girl who took everything seriously, and her best friend, Lizzie Scatterding, the one person who did not know how to tell

Two orphan girls lived in the little town of Blackbird Tree; Naomi Deane, a girl who took everything seriously, and her best friend, Lizzie Scatterding, the one person who did not know how to tell a lie. These two friends know all of the strange people in town; like Crazy Cora, Witch Wiggins, and Mr. Farley. Naomi thinks that her life is The Great Unexpected – without the Great. Sharon Creech, the author of many classics by Newberry Medal winners, has written another action packed book, called The Great Unexpected.

 

This realistic fiction is written from the perspective of Naomi Deane and occasionally, shows the life of strangers, Sybil, her personal assistant Pilpenny, and visitors. Naomi currently lives with Joe and Nula, and Lizzie lives with two other foster parents. Written in first person, the book goes into frequent flashbacks that say the topic that were discussed by Naomi.

 

One day, a boy falls out of Blackbird Tree on top of Naomi and Lizzie. The strangely charming “Finn boy”. Then the Dingle Dangle man appears, asking questions about the two girls. During the course of their friendship, Naomi and Lizzie find more unfortunate souls that need help as they age. Crazy Cora, Witch Wiggins, and Mr. Farley all know a truth about Naomi and Lizzie’s past.

 

Suddenly, Naomi’s life takes a downfall when Joe dies of an unexpected heart attack. Lizzie finds out that her foster parents won’t adopt her after all. On top of Naomi and Nula bickering, Lizzie wailing, and Joe dying, the trio must learn to cope with themselves and learn to trust. When Sybil dies, her possible connection with Nula might be revealed.

 

This novel is perfect for boys and girls aged ten and up due to high action and the perspectives of two ten year olds. Sharon Creech is the bestselling author of many Newberry Medal winner including “Walk Two Moons”, “The Wanderer”, and “Ruby Holler”.