by Richard Peck Published by Puffin
on March Pages:
Thirteen-year-old Rosie Beckett has never strayed further from her family's farm than a horse can pull a cart. Then a letter from her Aunt Euterpe arrives, and everything changes. It's 1893, the year of the World's Columbian Exposition-the "wonder of the age"-a.k.a. the Chicago World's Fair. Aunt Euterpe is inviting the Becketts to come for a visit and go to the fair! Award-winning author Richard Peck's fresh, realistic, and fun-filled writing truly brings the World's Fair-and Rosie and her family-to life.
Short & Sweet: Richard Peck's books are well known to librarians everywhere, but his books rarely seem to be checked out by students at my elementary school. I loved the way this book was written, taking you back to the time period with the setting, characters and even the writing of dialogue within. Readers that are interested in Chicago's past will enjoy this novel. I think Peck's books are fantastic books to share on the topic of historical fiction. I love the way the dialogue reflects the time period, along with the clothing and setting. I also think this is a great introduction to the way classes act in older times, a piece of history that I'm not sure younger readers have been introduced to.
Final Verdict: Definitely a beautifully written novel that not all readers will be ready for in elementary school. Upper elementary and middle school readers who enjoy history, especially set in Chicago, should be exposed to Peck's novels.