Tuesday, March 26, 2013
Thoughts on Room One: A Mystery or Two by Andrew Clements
Ted lives in a small, rural town in western Nebraska, where his school consists of five students and he is the only 6th grader. He aspires to one day write mysteries, so he's always on the lookout for one to investigate. And he just found one. Someone was looking out the window at the Anderson's abandoned farmhouse. No one should be there. As he investigates, he learns that a girl, April, and her brother and mom are living there. As he gets to know April, he learns that her father was killed in Iraq. As he helps this family, Ted leads his town in adopting this family to give the town a new identity and possibly to prosperity again.
This isn't my favorite Clements story, mainly because of a disappointing climax and conclusion. I doubt the ending will appeal to many, because it leaves the answers to the reader's imagination. C rating.