by Gary D. Schmidt
But Holling finds out there is more to Mrs. Baker than meets the eye and in turn discovers a lot about what he is capable of – including reading and performing Shakespeare.
The book is set during the late 60’s, during the time of the flower children and the Vietnam War.
I have to say I really liked this book. I listened to it on audio and when I wasn’t listening to it, I was thinking about it. You really see some serious growth in Holling as a character over the course of the book. He’s like any other 7th grade boy – a bit awkward, a bit self-centered, but overall a good kid. Any trouble he gets in seems to be seriously hilarious accidents. Probably more hilarious to us as the reader than him as the character.
Definitely a great middle grade fiction novel that backtracks just a bit into the past, showing a time where things were enough different to impact the novel itself.