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I have always trusted the Newbery Medal until now. This book drags. I mean it really drags. My 12 y/o attempted to read it and just put it down after about 1/4 of the book and said it was boring. She reads just about anything so I was surprised. I attempted to read it chapter by chapter at night to my 7 y/o. He complained constantly and kept asking "which one are we asking about now?". I agreed that it was almost impossible to follow but thought it might be the format of reading one chapter a night. So I decided to sit and read it myself. I have to agree wholeheartedly with both my children. It dragged on too long and was boring. You don't even get to the "prank that causes their lives to collide" until the second half of the book. It failed to convey any kind of redeeming message and was not entertaining either. Definitely not worth putting on your child's reading list.
I am a college student who is interested in collecting books for my future elementary school classroom. This one was underwhelming compared to many others I have read. There was little that kept the story interesting and I do not think this is as great of a book as other reviews make it out to be.