Tuesday, June 30, 2009

The Mysterious Edge of the Heroic World by e.l. konigsburg

When Amedeo and his mother move to Florida, Amedeo finds himself working on a house sale with another boy, William Wilcox, but the two don’t get along. Mrs Zender’s mansion is crammed with memorabilia of her long life, and there is a story to go with every item. The boys find themselves caught up in one particular story, dating back to Nazi Germany and Hitler’s declaration that modern art was degenerate. Amedeo makes an exciting discovery -- an original sketch by Modigliani. Why was it hidden, and why would Mrs Zender be willing to sell something worth millions for only $5,000?
OK I chose this book because of the cover and the quirky title! This book made me remember how I felt when I was a kid reading exciting new authors like Paul Zindel and Judy Blume. American kids seemed so much more grown up and had a chance to deal with such grown up issues and the adults in the books all interacted with them like they were actually grown ups. This was a revelation to me because my life was nothing like that at all!! This was well written and one for the more the more thoughtful 12 year olds who live among us.
Rating - I give this 4/5 GREAT!!
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Reviewed by Sarah @ Hamilton library

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