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The Great Unexpected
by Sharon Creech
PUBL. RECOMMENDED AGE: 8-12
LEXILE READING LEVEL: 720L {what is this?}
PUBLISHER: HarperCollins
YEAR PUBLISHED: 2012
NO. PAGES: 240
GENRE{S}: Fantasy, Mystery/Thriller
MAIN CHARACTER GENDER: Female
ISBN: 0061892327
READ & REVIEWED BY: Shannon - StorySnoop


The Story
The Great Unexpected—Book Review

Naomi and Lizzie are two orphan girls who happen to be best friends. They live in the town of Blackbird Tree and know pretty much all of the town's quirky residents. One day, their lives take an unexpected turn. It all begins when a charming boy named Finn falls out of a tree, and into their lives. And meeting Finn is only just the beginning of the mysterious happenings they begin to encounter. Meanwhile, in a sprawling Irish manor an entire continent away, and old woman with a love of mystery novels is planning something...
The Scoop
The Great Unexpected—Book Review
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In The Great Unexpected, Newbery Award-winning author Sharon Creech weaves a magical and mysterious tale with different subplots spanning two continents that comes together, as the title suggests, in an unexpected way. This book could be described as realistic fiction, humor, or mystery, however there are many elements of fantasy and magic, such as fairies, Irish folk tales, and time travel. Creech has created a host of quirky and amusing characters, each with their own unique voice. The writing is excellent, and it is a good story with some positive messages. Themes of the book include coming of age, friendship, forgiveness, and the idea that we are all tied together--connected--in some way. Especially refreshing is the implied message to girls that no boy is worth it if he comes between you and a friend. Some of the elements of the story may be tricky for a younger reader. For example, the Irish dialogue might be hard to understand, and the switching between the stories may be confusing for some. The Great Unexpected would make a great read aloud for an elementary school classroom or at home. Girls would especially enjoy this well-crafted and fun read.
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