“Wow. What a book. I grabbed it in a frenzied dash to the library before closing and picked it because of its cover.
It's hard to say much about this book without giving away a couple of the key twists. One aspect of the book I can detail is that its author has dyslexia. So does her protagonist, Standish. Because of this, most people think Standish is stupid (he cannot read or write). And we see how dyslexia, sometimes amusingly, colors Standish's perspective ("carrots" instead of carets, for example). But Standish's dyslexia has also caused him to love words. He drinks in the world around him and expresses his perspective on it uniquely and creatively.
Standish's friend captures him perfectly when he says, "I couldn't see beyond the cardboard. This time, this time, Standish, I believe you. All of me believes you. If anyone can throw the stone, you will."
This book took two different aspects of history and created an intriguing, original re-imagination. It created a character that strong, rich, relatable, and completely new. I really loved this book and found myself dog-earing many pages.”