The Great Unexpected

The Great Unexpected

Book - 2012
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Orphans Naomi and Lizzie, living in America, and grown-up sisters Sybil and Nula, from Ireland, learn what life is truly about as they receive help from one another and open up their hearts to love and forgiveness.
Publisher: New York : Joanna Cotler Books, c2012.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780061892332
Characteristics: 226 p. : ill. ; 21 cm.


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May 05, 2017

I like the way that the book just comes together perfectly. I have read it three times now and have agreed with myself that it is the best book ever.

Jul 10, 2013

This book looks so intresting. I feel like something is going to happen!

I love this feeling

KidsLit Jan 18, 2013

A sweet story with quirky characters and somewhat fantastical ending. Fans of Sharon Creech's other novels won't be disappointed. Kate DiCamillo fans will also enjoy it.

devorah1231 Dec 11, 2012

This book is sweet and countryish, like the author's otehr books. but like her other works, it isn't all that clean... I wouldn't like anyone less than 13 reading it.

branch_reviews Dec 03, 2012

This is a lyrical fable about two orphans, Naomi Deane and her friend Lizzie Scatterding who witness a strange boy falling out of a tree in their home town of Blackbird Tree. The boy only appears to Naomi and Lizzie in a magical way. Naomi narrates the story of how she became an orphan and developed a friendship with the talkative Lizzie. Her adoptive parents Nula and Joe, an older childless couple have raised Naomi as their own. The boy Finn arrives into town the same time as the Dingle Dangle man, asking all kinds of curious questions. The story goes from Blackbird Tree to Ireland, where an old woman and her companion talk of murder and revenge. The different threads are connected to all the strange and different characters.
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Nov 29, 2013

me_mochi thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 10 and 16

devorah1231 Dec 11, 2012

devorah1231 thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 13 and 14

branch_reviews Dec 03, 2012

branch_reviews thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 8 and 12


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Oct 18, 2016

The wind was behind me as I raced for home; I felt as if it might lift me into the air and send me halfway to the moon. I had big thoughts to match the big wind. I wondered if things that might seem frightening could lose their hold over you. 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.


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