Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Autumn Winifred Oliver Does Things Different

Autumn Winifred Oliver Does Things Different by Kristin O'Donnell Tubb is a humorous read. Autumn is eleven years old in 1934 during the Depression, living in Cades Cove Tennessee. Smoky Mountain National Park is being developed and it is Autumn's grandpa who originally tries to sell this idea to the other residents of Cades Cove. Things get interesting when Autumn and her friend Cody realize that the government has lied to them and wants to buy the very land they were told they could keep. Autumn does a lot of growing up in this book, but she continues to do things different, something she continually reminds herself of. When told by Grandpa that her job is to feed his chickens Autumn worries about being pecked. She manages to corner each of his chickens and prop their mouths open with a small twig. This book reminds me a little of some of Richard Peck's books, yet O'Donnell Tubb has a voice all her own. Autumn Winifred's plot is more driven by the historical events of the day: the Depression and the development of the Smoky Mountain National Park. While I enjoyed the humor of this story and wish I would have written down some of the clever sayings, I am not sure kids will find some of these things funny.
Overall, I loved this book. While the story clearly ends, I would still like to check in on Autumn from time to time.

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