Reviewed by Jeanne
When Al takes the last few remaining library books out of the
store and puts them in a little free library, Mortimer is crushed. There goes the last bit of his home, the
place where he and his sister lived before disaster struck. Alas, his cries are not understood—Al simply
thinks the fluffy orange cat is hungry. Besides,
she is trying to take care of her friends—well, her supervisor who was the head
librarian and one of the library patrons, but she’s very fond of both of
them—and she misses the library. That’s
why she puts out the library books,
feeling that the books need to be read.
The little free library has an immediate effect on sixth
grader Evan. He is absolutely thrilled
to find books, and takes two of them home.
He soon realizes that these are library books, but he’s never heard of a
library in Martinville. What could have
happened, and why does no one want to talk about it? Evan decides to open his own investigation
into the matter.
This is a juvenile book, but as far as I’m concerned, a good
story is a good story. And I found this
to be a particularly charming one. There are multiple viewpoints in the story,
which enriched the tale. I was charmed
by it, and by the little surprises the author provided. I did figure some things out somewhat quickly
but that didn’t impair my enjoyment a bit. Mostly I liked the character
interactions, people who care about one another, and what we will do for those
I also was delighted by the description of the Wednesday Book
Club, because it sounded very much like our adult Nevermore Book Club. Members read whatever book they like and then
tell the club about it.
This may not be a book for every adult, but this adult ended
up buying her own copy to keep.