For a book that is just 180 pages, it packs quite a punch. The storyline is tight, and while there is a lot of action in the book, there are also periods in which the characters talk, reflect, and explore some of life's more complex themes such as class, loyalty, violence, appearance, love, and hope -- themes which are not often pretty or neat (Timothy was shocked, for example, when Johnny kills Bob in the park).
But it was a great book, one in which grabbed (and kept) his attention, and this week we'll watch the movie.
This Thursday we are headed out of town for a family cruise, so this week's book had to be short and sweet which is why, at just 142 pages, I selected The House of Wings by Betsy Byars. At first Timothy complained about having to read just before vacation (Oh! The Horrors!), but I downloaded it on my Kindle and now, for some reason, he's excited.
Whatever works, you know?