This is a Newbery Honor Book - but I didn't find it all that great. For one thing, it moves ponderously - a death sentence as far as I'm concerned. There were long passages where legends were told - and I ended up skipping most of them.
The basic story had some merit, but the ending was precipitous - and not even very clear. There is a sequel, but I think I will skip it.
We use the Accelerated Reader program at our school - students read books, take quizzes and earn points. Mr. McClure and I decided we wanted to compete, so Mrs. Hoopes gave us user names and passwords, and the race is on.
Mr. McClure got a head start on me - but I plan to catch up - I have 30 points already and I just started Wednesday.
I'll keep you posted!!