Thoughts Atheneum Books for Young Readers (Simon & Schuster) 2013 orig.1967, 172 pages
For the latest Classics Club Spin. I’m also counting this for the Kids Classic category of the Classics Challenge.
Claudia is a 6th grader who wants to run away so her family will miss her and thus appreciate her. She gets caught up in the planning – she is a very good planner. Smart, too. She ends up taking her little brother Jamie with her, and not just because he has plenty of cash to fund the adventure (though the money does prove helpful) but because he is just a good kid.
The adventure takes a turn when Claudia falls in love with the statue Angel which may or may not be a work of Michelangelo. She cannot return home until she KNOWS!
Fun book. Very quick to read. Four slices of pie.
“Jamie bought a cheese sandwich and coffee. After eating these he still felt hungry and told Claudia she could have twenty-five cents more for pie if she wished. Claudia, who had eaten cereal and drunk pineapple juice, scolded him about the need to eat properly. Breakfast food for breakfast, and lunch food for lunch.” [Phooey on that – I’m with Jamie. Pie for breakfast is CERTAINLY acceptable and appropriate.]
Another favorite quote from page 151:
“Happiness is excitement that has found a settling down place, but there is always a little corner that keeps flapping around.”
Winner of the Newbery Medal.
TELL ME IF YOU’VE SEEN THE MOVIE!
Possible Spoiler; I have a question… I totally failed to find the link between the attorney and the kids – he was the kids’ grandfather!? I was a bit gobsmacked at the end with this minor plot point revelation. But I didn’t let it diminish my enjoyment.