Clara Lee is a fairly basic little girl character with a fairly basic story: big dream, but she has to do something she doesn't like to have her dream come true, she does it, happily ever after, the end. This book did talk about culture and being an American, plus the relationship with the Grandpa was sweet, but neither of these things were dealt with in a powerful, new of amazingly interesting way. I liked this book, but it didn't wow me. It was just a book I read to pass time, not life changing. I am absolutely positive this book has no chance of winning the Newbery.