Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Book Review #1028
Secret of the Andes by Ann Nolan Clark
Rating: zero stars (out of four)

This felt like a sad excuse for a Newbery Medal. The writing was poor and I couldn't get over how many contradictory sentences there were. The boy would be confused and depressed one minute and then the very next sentence he would be excited and happy. I wished the author would just make up their mind. The story was all over the place. There were added details that didn't have anything to do with the overall plot and I was often confused because I didn't know why certain things were relevant or in the story at all. The plot looped and curved in so many places that I almost stopped reading several times. I couldn't figure out where the story was going and it was shrouded in so much mystery that the two pages of explanation at the ending only left me disgruntled and annoyed that I had just spent my time reading this book. Definitely not worth your time.

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