I have read and reviewed a short collection by this author previously, so when I saw this book I decided to give it a shot.
This is the story of a girl who did not feel at home in her secret community. They have been lost to the fables for the city around them. The isolation meant that when our leading lady leaves her family to join the outside world, she finds everything strange. This strangeness is presented to us in a matter of fact manner and works as humour.
This book targets a younger audience than me, and I can see the parts of it that they would enjoy. Instead of world building a whole new world, the author has just presented a spin on our existing one (in the US that is).
There is peril and an ingenious solution to keep it at bay. The ending also seems to indicate that this is the start of a series. It was cute and wacky, but I found my attention drifting between specific events, and that is usually not something I would expect to happen in a narrative such as this.
I really enjoyed his short story collection more.Four Different Stories by Daniel Pinkwater
I received an ARC thanks to NetGalley and the publishers. My review is entirely based on my own reading experience.