We read this for our third Books & Bars meeting where we met, not at a bar, but on a pontoon. ;) Perfection.
Michele is a 9 year old Italian boy who is very innocent in a sweet like way who comes across another young boy being held prisoner. By his father and the other adults in their tiny community. WTF is right.
His little friend turns on him, his dad finds out he knows and he gets a new bike. The ending is abrupt and leaves you wondering, which is kind of nice in a world of neatly tidied up endings, but still it's just bizarre.
It wasn't the worst book I've read, but it wasn't that great. It was short (just around 200 pages) and was written in the POV of a young boy, which was interesting and maddening at times when you'd forget and be like DUDE TELL THE POLICE. WTF ARE YOU DOING???? ;)
When talking about it, nobody was IN love with it. And I hadn't noticed how bad the translation was until we started talking about it and realized that little washbears = raccoons among other interesting tidbits. Like, they kidnapped a freaking prince!
It was a great discussion and a good time by all, next month we are reading The Drowning Tree.
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