I am excited to be a part of the conversation at #IMWAYR! Thank you to Sheila, Jen and Kellee for inspiring and hosting this meme.
I have been eagerly anticipating the arrival of Anne Ursu's The Real Boy and I was not disappointed by this follow up to Breadcrumbs (which I loved but have a surprisingly difficult time convincing kids to read, which is so disappointing).
There is good reason for all the buzz about this book! Usru blends fantasy and fairy tale with a character who has what we could call Asperger’s or autism to create a beautiful story with many twists and surprises. I loved the magical world and characters that Ursu creates and this story can be read on many different levels. I feel confident that kids will love it for the mystery and excitement and those who connect to Oscar on a personal level will be deeply grateful to discover him.
And, as an irrelevant aside, I was utterly captivated by Oscar's relationships with his cats - the emotional depth of his connection to them is perfect. I will be recommending this one to many readers!