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My One Hundred Adventures by Polly Horvath

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

THE WINNER OF a National Book Award, a Newbery Honor, and countless other awards has written her richest, most spirited book yet, filled with characters that readers will love, and never forget. 

Jane is 12 years old, and she is ready for adventures, to move beyond the world of her siblings and single mother and their house by the sea, and step into the “know-not what.” And, over the summer, adventures do seem to find Jane, whether it’s a thrilling ride in a hot-air balloon, the appearances of a slew of possible fathers, or a weird new friendship with a preacher and psychic wannabe. Most important, there’s Jane’s discovery of what lies at the heart of all great adventures: that it’s not what happens to you that matters, but what you learn about yourself.

And don't miss Polly Horvath's Northward to the Moon, the sequel to My One Hundred Adventures.

Goodreads Summary

Jane is a twelve year-old who is ready for adventures. She wants this summer to be fun, magical, and surprising. When one of her adventures ends in her watching a bunch of kids from a nearby trailer park she is disappointed in her summer. Fortunately for Jane, her mother's stream of suitors (many of which apparently fathered one of the other siblings or Jane herself), crotchety hilarious neighbors, and glamorous best friend make the summer exciting.

I loved Jane's character. She overthought things just like I do and put too much weight into what other adults had to say. I thought it was hilarious that she managed to have adventures with Bibles. Her siblings were cute additions, but only secondary characters. I was a little disconcerted that there were four different fathers that none of the four siblings knew much, if anything, about. It seemed like a bit of an adult theme and was flirted with throughout the book. The lady who acted as pastor was a riot and also less adult in thinking than Jane herself.  Jane's mother scraped by. She was a nice mother, but let her kids generally keep to themselves. I loved the book's magical, surreal feel. The scenes were vivid and made me want to go visit Massachusetts myself. 

4 Stars

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