Steinbeck's Ghost

Steinbeck's Ghost

Book - 2008
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Unhappy after his parents move to a weird subdivision and become workaholics, thirteen-year-old Travis returns to his old Salinas neighborhood and becomes actively involved in saving the John Steinbeck Library and, at the same time, begins seeing characters from Steinbeck's books who seem to have a message for him.
Publisher: New York : Feiwel and Friends, 2008.
ISBN: 9780312373283
0312373287
Characteristics: 343 p. ; 22 cm.

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technojoy
Jun 15, 2011

I read Steinbeck when I was thirteen, but I found it hard to believe in Travis's fascination with this author's work. The magical realism of the ghosts or whatever they were didn't work for me. The secondary plot about the library was a bit slow and predictable. Nice relationship between Travis and Hilario. Not a bad book, but not inspiring.

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birdwellgirl
Jun 15, 2011

I am not a big Steinbeck fan, and therefore I am not familiar with a lot of the characters in this book. It wasn't the most fabulous story, I could put it down, and sometimes even had to make myself keep reading. But by the end, I loved this book.

Since it wasn't my attachment to Steinbeck himself, and it wasn't the story per se, why did I enjoy it so much? First of all was the writing, Buzbee has a way with words and sentences that makes me smile. I loved how Travis was always thinking: "if this were a book...", how he thinks of of the car being splashed with sunlight, how the books were so real in the mind of a thirteen year old boy. And how the young, the old, and those that fell between came together as peers to save something important.

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