Published by HarperCollins on September 4th 2012
I had big thoughts to match the big wind. I wondered if we find the people we need when we need them. I wondered if we attract our future by some sort of invisible force, or if we are drawn to it by a similar force. I felt I was turning a corner and that change was afoot.
In the little town of Blackbird Tree live two orphan girls: one Naomi Deane, brimming with curiosity, and her best friend, Lizzie Scatterding, who could talk the ears off a cornfield. Naomi has a knack for being around when trouble happens. For she knows all the peculiar people in town--like Crazy Cora and Witch Wiggins and Mr. Farley. But then, one day, a boy drops out of a tree. The strangely charming Finn boy. Then the Dingle Dangle man appears, asking all kinds of questions. Curious surprises are revealed--three locked trunks, a pair of rooks, a crooked bridge, and that boy. Soon Naomi and Lizzie find themselves zooming toward a future neither could ever have imagined. Meanwhile, on a grand estate across the ocean, an old lady whose heart has been deceived concocts a plan. . . .
As two very different worlds are woven together, Newbery Medal winner Sharon Creech celebrates the gossamer thread that connects us all, and the great and unexpected gifts of love, friendship, and forgiveness.
Short & Sweet: Naomi and Lizzie's life change drastically when they meet Finn, a boy who dropped from nowhere out of a tree. At the same time, another stranger comes to their small town, a Mr. Dingle, who starts asking strange questions. Across the ocean, an old woman is making a plan for revenge and it involves the strange Mr. Dingle, just who is this woman and how is she connected to the girls Naomi and Lizzie? Sharon Creech has done it again. Weaving two different stories in alternating chapters, this book takes you on a journey that stretches across generations. The writing and mystery behind the story really captures the reader's attention and makes it hard to put down the book without thinking about it.
Final Verdict: I love the way the plot comes together in this novel. The alternating chapters bring a feeling of mystery and wonder to the story. With The Great Unexpected, Creech tells a fantastic story that will keep the reader reading.