There were some aspects of this book I really liked: the Hatfield and McCoy-llike family feuding, (without all of the human murder), the old Florida setting and the cheerful resolution at the end. There were some aspects I didn’t like: the terrible illustrations (none of the characters seemed to be able to open or close their hands in the drawings) and some of the scenes that were especially stereotypical and contrived, like the boys throwing their school books on the ground and yelling “WE DON”T NEED NARY BOOK LURNIN,” (the dialect was pretty condescending and tiring the whole novel) They brothers make the scene original though at the end by beating up the teacher.
All in all, it’s not a terrible Newbery winner. It’s not my favorite by any means, but it’s not too long, and I’ve suffered through much worse.
3 out of five Newbery Pies
Next up: Miss Hickory