Monday, July 27, 2015

When Mischief Came to Town by Katrina Nannestad

She's coming to live with her grandmother and is disappointed when she has to exit the boat by herself and her grandmother doesn't appear excited to see her.  Grandmother is almost grumpy.  Inge Marie can't contain her good nature, though.  She chatters all the way home...

HMH Books for Young Readers and Edelweiss gave me the opportunity to read this book for review (thank you).  It won't be published until January 5th, so make a note to pick it up then.

This is a lot like the old classics of yesteryear's.  Anne of Greene Gables and Pippi Longstalking are two comparables offered and that works.  Inge Marie is full of herself:  bubbly, talkative, willing to have fun, and a total rebel at school.

At first, she has to watch for Grandmother's slaps for misbehaving.  But, as time goes by, Grandmother begins to laugh again and participate a bit in acting silly.  She's forgotten how to be young but the little one brings it out in her.  They both have to deal with the loss of Inge Marie's mother so that adds to adjustment of this change.

Before the end of the book, Inge Marie has changed school, learned how to get along with her Grandmother and her friends, and found a home for a friend.  She's still making mischief, though.

It was a very enjoyable story, I'd recommend it.  It made me laugh.

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