This is a book where I liked the main character, M.C., more than the book. In my mind I call M.C. “the pole guy”, and really like his quirky and resilient personality. And like many Newberys it is a growing up story, but not the best one. Overall, I didn’t think this book was that well written, it seemed to ramble and get a little lost at times. M.C. was the only thing that made you want to keep reading.