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Chig and the Second Spread

By Matt Berman, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 8+

Keeps harshness of Depression mostly at bay.

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Through a gentle, engrossing historical story, Swain introduces many interesting ideas for readers to consider, like the importance of stature and what turns a person mean. Unlike many other novels about this period, the harshness of the Depression is kept mostly at bay. As seen through the eyes of a rural child, though food is tight and pennies scarce, life is still good, and the biggest problems are those that children deal with in any era.

Chig is a winning heroine. And though the good news comes a bit too thick and fast, the ending will be satisfying to young readers, as Chig becomes visible without sacrificing who she is.

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