I absolutely fell in love with all the characters in this book, but none more than Earwig. He is what his family refers to as 'simple-minded' but I think he has a lot more insight and definitely more compassion than most 'normal' people. I never wanted this book to end. I keep wondering how they are doing now, like the people were real and like I actually knew them. I can't wait to see what Sandra Kring will come up with next!
I LOVED this book! I fell in love with Earwig and his blunt way of telling it like it is. This book had me laughing and getting choked up at times too. An easy, enjoyable read. This was my first one by this author and I just ordered two more. I recommend!
This was one of the best books I've read in a long time. You can't help but fall in love with 17 year-old "Earwig" as he has to grow up fast as the country is plunged into World War II. Though heart-wrenching at times, this story of family love will stay with you well after you finish this book.
Many people loved this book and wrote good reviews, so if you start reading and maybe the first 46 pages dont quiet make you fall in love with the book, just keep going. It gets even better. Earwig, is simple minded due to an illness not a birth defect. He behaves in many ways like a downs syndrome person, in that he was literal, and direct about things. For instance when he thinks that others at a memorial funeral have forgotten why they are all there, he stands up and SAYS ____ is Dead, .... We are hear to remember him. Earwig often speaks his mind. But by the author doing that she speaks some real truths that a person not simple minded would just sound preachy saying. A great author can do that. This is a great author. Read on my dear friends read on.
Such a great book and really brings to light what life was like during and after WWII. Earwig is a very likeable character who brings out the best in those around him. I didn't know a lot about the POW camps during that war and this book makes you understand what some of the soldiers went through and how difficult things were for them upon coming home. A great, easy read.