Reviewed by Rachel I. (age 9)
I found Ruby an interesting character because she got over her parents death and fit in at Camden Falls a lot quicker than her sister Flora did. Also, when her parents were brought up Flora got a lot more upset than Ruby. It might be because Flora was older and had spent more time with her parents. I have never read a book where the parents both die and the kids have to move to another place with a family member. In all of the other books Iíve read only one parent has died, if any. If I were Flora or Ruby I wouldnít have been able to move on as quickly as they did. I think they are brave to leave their own house because thatís where they have the most memories of their parents. This book is in a series called Main Street. The books are all different because as the books go on, Flora and Ruby grow stronger about their parents' death and make more friends. They are the same because if a character is in one book they stay in all of the books. For example, Nikki is in the first, second, third, and the fourth books. So are Olivia, Flora and Ruby. I loved this book. It built up so much suspence. When I read it I didnít want to put it down. While reading it I felt like I knew the character as my friend. Ann M. Martin made the book sound so realistic. When Nikki became friends with Olivia, Flora and Ruby, I felt like I just made new friends in school.
I think this book is for kids from ages 9-12 because itís sad when Flora and Ruby find out that they have to move and that their parents are dead. I donít think many boys would like this book because there arenít many boys in the book. When I started to read this book I didnít want to put it down. This sad but entertaining book will make you wonder and think. Hope you enjoy it!