A Newberry Honor That Isn't Boring!
We had to read this book in my fifth-grade class, and I looked at it and a Newberry Honor was on it, and I thought it was going to be one of those boring books from the 1990s, but no, this book discusses friendship, loss, hatred, racism, and a story of a thirteen-year-old girl who is entertaining her grandparents with a remarkable and unforgettable story. Salamanca Tree Hiddle is an extraordinary thirteen year old girl embarking on a cross-country trip with her hilarious, beloved grandparents going to visit her -SPOILER ALERT- -dead- mother, and that is the only complaint about this book. The author tells you at the beginning that her mother is "resting" in Lewiston, Idaho. But, she seems to be cheating you out off the book where Sal realizes her mother is dead by the grave marking it in Lewiston. It explains the bus she was on flipped over, but the person that her dad is hanging out with; (Mrs. Cadaver) was on that same bus, sitting next to her. The mom left to Lewiston because she felt she wasn't "good enough for Sal and her father". And, it's not JUST her that died, Sal's "gram" (grandma) died from a stroke. ):! Gram occasionally said "huzza, huzza." And at the end of thebook Sal says:
And that's the way things are for now, Huzza, huzza.
Anyway, I love this book and TOTALLY recommend it! Bye!
What other families should know
Great role models
Too much violence