Monday, June 16, 2014

2014 book 136

Heather Mackey's Dreamwood
This is one of those middle-grade books that makes for perfectly pleasant adult reading, but that I think a kid would LOVE. To someone who's read a ton of books (perhaps literally?), the story beats are really obvious, but the world is interesting and the main character is likable enough. Our protagonist is a twelve-year-old girl, the daughter of a famous ghost . . . buster? (I already forget the term the story used), who runs away from school to join her father and assist with his latest research. Only, he's gone missing while trying to find a cure for a mysterious tree disease. I was kind of like eeeeeeeeh on the depiction of Native Americans (the girl we get to know is a pretty cool character, but I feel like there is some serious stereotyping going on) and the wrap-up feels a little quick, but in general, this was an enjoyable read. B/B+.

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