Friday, May 21, 2004

Next up were two E. L. Konigsburg titles, The Dragon in the Ghetto Caper and Journey To An 800 Number. Both are about boys confronting their beliefs about the world and their place in it. Dragon involves a rich boy who thinks he wants to be a detective, but who finds more than he thought he would when he takes on a newlywed woman as his sidekick. Journey has a larger cast of colorful characters, all wonderfully real and exotic when seen through the eyes of a rather sheltered boy sent to spend the summer with his father while his mother is off on her honeymoon with his new step-father. It's the stronger of the two, but neither comes close to my favorite of Konigsburg's, which is, of course, From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler.

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