book reviews, Laura Ingalls Wilder, Little House on the Prairie, MG lit, middle grade, young readers
Laura Ingalls Is Ruining My Life by Shelley Tougas
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
What a delightful book! Right away you’re introduced to quirky characters — a mom who moves her family whenever she feels “called” to do so, a hearing-impaired boy who protests the frequent moves by refusing to talk, the youngest daughter who is all rainbows and unicorns despite the upheavals, and Charlotte, the 12-year-old main character. Charlotte is funny and sarcastic, but you get the sense that hardened outer shell is covering up some real sadness and hurt. By the end of the book, what you thought you knew about the characters is completely upended. It’s a great lesson in stereotypes, getting to know someone, and having the flexibility to accept change.