This was a very readable book. Even if I didn’t enjoy is as much as I did the last two Newbery winners, it wasn’t excruciatingly painful or anything like that.  I just don’t enjoy nautical tales that much. It’s a personal preference thing. Then there was the whole “Boys don’t blubber” thing in the beginning that made me roll my eyes a few times. It reminded me a lot of the exaggerated “tough boy” Johnny Tremain. Actually a lot of the book reminded me of Johnny T. I liked the whole ,”sailing by the ash breeze.” theme, and for the most part, I liked the book. I just didn’t love it.  Honestly, Beezus and Ramona should have won the medal.

I give it three out of five Newbery Pies