Author: Sharon Creech
Themes: Family Life, Friendship, Magical Realism, Overcoming Fears, Romance, Self-Awareness/Discovery, Siblings
Published: 2012, 240 pages
'Sweet' book summary:
Reviewer: Melissa G.
According to Sharon Creech, the idea behind The Great Unexpected was sparked by three things: a question she posed to a group of school students about the "unexpected," the way young people move so comfortably from reality to fantasy, and her interest in coincidences and the ways in which we are all connected.
These concepts merge beautifully in The Great Unexpected where Ms. Creech weaves a memorable tale.
"Sensing my fear, Joe would say, "It's only a story, Naomi, only a story."... "And so each time the poor man would reach into the donkey's ears, i would tell myself, I'm not in the story, I'm not in the story, but it didn't help because a story was only interesting if I was in the story."