For Book Beginnings:
My name is Naomi Dean and I grew up in Blackbird tree, in the home of my guardians, Joe and Nula. Among the tales that Joe often told was that of a poor man who, while gambling, lost his house but won a donkey.
- p. 1
For Friday 56:
Serves him right, thought Mrs. Kavanagh. She waited for him to speak first. She was not going to make this easy for him.
- p. 56
About The Great Unexpected by Sharon Creech*: In the little town of Blackbird Tree a series of curious events unfold when Naomi and Lizzie, two spirited orphan girls, meet the strangely charming new boy, Finn. Three locked trunks, the mysterious Dingle Dangle man, a pair of rooks, a crooked bridge, and that boy change their lives for ever. As the story alternates between their small town and across-the-ocean Ireland, two worlds are woven together, revealing that hearts can be mended and that there is indeed a gossamer thread that connects us all.
Have you read any of Creech's work?