I had promised myself to read three books from my library this summer. My goal was to read three of the Newberry Honor Award books so I could create a "hype" for the kids to read them in the fall. I have a week left and one book to go! :)
I would recommend this book for 3rd through maybe 6th grade? It is a good story and I really enjoyed the writing style. I would giggle at times. This book was one of the main books of the book fair last year and now is a Newberry. It's a first of this age level/genre for this author and I will recommend it for my students to try. I also think it would be a fun read aloud for a classroom teacher.
Summary from Goodreads.com:
Newbery honor winner, New York Times bestseller, Edgar Award Finalist, and E.B. White Read-Aloud Honor book.
A hilarious Southern debut with the kind of characters you meet once in a lifetime
Rising sixth grader Miss Moses LoBeau lives in the small town of Tupelo
Landing, NC, where everyone's business is fair game and no secret is
sacred. She washed ashore in a hurricane eleven years ago, and she's
been making waves ever since. Although Mo hopes someday to find her
"upstream mother," she's found a home with the Colonel--a café owner
with a forgotten past of his own--and Miss Lana, the fabulous café
hostess. She will protect those she loves with every bit of her strong
will and tough attitude. So when a lawman comes to town asking about a
murder, Mo and her best friend, Dale Earnhardt Johnson III, set out to
uncover the truth in hopes of saving the only family Mo has ever known.
Full of wisdom, humor, and grit, this timeless yarn will melt the heart of even the sternest Yankee.