I have been pondering what to say about this book, as I love it SO SO SO much, but it is a bit hard to explain. It's not that it is a confusing book, it is just that it doesn't fit into any one genre (try a mix of historical fiction, magical realism, realistic fiction, and adventure) and so many incredible things happen in it! This wonderful and magical book is for you if you are interested in reading about friendship, loss,the number Pi, the Appalachian Trail, giant black bears, pirates, and timber rattlesnakes. Yes, rattlesnakes :)
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Ms.G is the librarian at the Malone Middle School in Malone, NY.