The Great Unexpected

The Great Unexpected

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In the little town of Blackbird Tree live two orphan girls: one Naomi Deane, brimming with curiosity, and her best friend, Lizzie Scatterding, who could talk the ears off a cornfield. Naomi has a knack for being around when trouble happens. For she knows all the peculiar people in town--like Crazy Cora and Witch Wiggins and Mr. Farley. But then, one day, a boy drops out of a tree. The strangely charming Finn boy. Then the Dingle Dangle man appears, asking all kinds of questions. Curious surprises are revealed--three locked trunks, a pair of rooks, a crooked bridge, and that boy. Soon Naomi and Lizzie find themselves zooming toward a future neither could ever have imagined. Meanwhile, on a grand estate across the ocean, an old lady whose heart has been deceived concocts a plan.
Publisher: New York : Joanna Cotler Books, c2012.
ISBN: 9780061892325
Characteristics: 226 p. :,ill. ;,21 cm.


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May 05, 2017

I like the way that the book just comes together perfectly. I have read it three times now and have agreed with myself that it is the best book ever.

Jul 10, 2013

This book looks so intresting. I feel like something is going to happen!

I love this feeling

KidsLit Jan 18, 2013

A sweet story with quirky characters and somewhat fantastical ending. Fans of Sharon Creech's other novels won't be disappointed. Kate DiCamillo fans will also enjoy it.

devorah1231 Dec 11, 2012

This book is sweet and countryish, like the author's otehr books. but like her other works, it isn't all that clean... I wouldn't like anyone less than 13 reading it.

branch_reviews Dec 03, 2012

This is a lyrical fable about two orphans, Naomi Deane and her friend Lizzie Scatterding who witness a strange boy falling out of a tree in their home town of Blackbird Tree. The boy only appears to Naomi and Lizzie in a magical way. Naomi narrates the story of how she became an orphan and developed a friendship with the talkative Lizzie. Her adoptive parents Nula and Joe, an older childless couple have raised Naomi as their own. The boy Finn arrives into town the same time as the Dingle Dangle man, asking all kinds of curious questions. The story goes from Blackbird Tree to Ireland, where an old woman and her companion talk of murder and revenge. The different threads are connected to all the strange and different characters.
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Nov 29, 2013

me_mochi thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 10 and 16

devorah1231 Dec 11, 2012

devorah1231 thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 13 and 14

branch_reviews Dec 03, 2012

branch_reviews thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 8 and 12


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Oct 18, 2016

The wind was behind me as I raced for home; I felt as if it might lift me into the air and send me halfway to the moon. I had big thoughts to match the big wind. I wondered if things that might seem frightening could lose their hold over you. I wondered if we find the people we need when we need them. I wondered if we attract our future by some sort of invisible force, or if we are drawn _to_ it by a similar force. I felt I was turning a corner and that change was afoot.


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