The Great Unexpected by Sharon Creech

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The Great Unexpected is certainly worthwhile, as all Creech's books are, but perhaps she can go further still with the unique verse-novel form that so perfectly matches her gifts.
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From Newbery Medal winner and bestselling author Sharon Creech comes a grand, sweeping yarn that is a celebration of the great and unexpected gifts of love, friendship, and forgiveness. With a starred review from Kirkus Reviews calling it an "enchanting tale to treasure," The Great Unexpected captures the heart and the imagination.

Humorous and heartfelt, this is a story of pairs—of young Naomi and Lizzie, both orphans in present-day Blackbird Tree, USA, and of Sybil and Nula, grown-up sisters from faraway Rook's Orchard, Ireland, who have become estranged.

Young Naomi Deane is brimming with curiosity and her best friend, Lizzie Scatterding, could talk the ears off a cornfield. Naomi has a knack for being around when trouble happens. She knows all the peculiar people in town—like Crazy Cora and Witch Wiggins. But then, one day, a boy drops out of a tree. Just like that. A strangely charming Finn boy. And then the Dingle Dangle man appears, asking all kinds of questions. Curious surprises are revealed—three locked trunks, a pair of rooks, a crooked bridge, and that boy—and soon Naomi and Lizzie find their lives changed forever.

As two worlds are woven together, Creech reveals that hearts can be mended and that there is indeed a gossamer thread that connects us all.

 

About Sharon Creech

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Sharon Creech is the author of the Newbery Medal winner Walk Two Moons, the Newbery Honor Book The Wanderer, and the Carnegie Medal winner Ruby Holler. Her other works include The Unfinished Angel, Hate That Cat, The Castle Corona, Replay, Heartbeat, Granny Torrelli Makes Soup, Love That Dog, Bloomability, Absolutely Normal Chaos, Chasing Redbird, and Pleasing the Ghost, as well as three picture books, A Fine, Fine School, Fishing in the Air, and Who's That Baby? Sharon Creech and her husband live in upstate NY. You can visit her online at www.sharoncreech.com.
 
Published September 3, 2013 by Perfection Learning. 256 pages
Genres: Children's Books.
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NY Times

Above average
Reviewed by Elizabeth Weil on Nov 09 2012

“The Great Unexpected” does have a few bumps. My 10-year-old was confused by its two intertwined story lines. Some plot points wrap up too hastily.

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Reviewed by book worm22 on Feb 17 2013

I would definitely recommend this book for a feel good read. I also love the fact that I can read this book over and over again and still feel the same emotions that I felt the first time around.

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Guardian

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Reviewed by SF Said on Dec 21 2012

The Great Unexpected is certainly worthwhile, as all Creech's books are, but perhaps she can go further still with the unique verse-novel form that so perfectly matches her gifts.

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