Ooo...look at the gorgeous cover!
This book is awesome you guys. AWESOME! In that I-should-give-up-writing-because-I-will-never-be-that-good kind of way. I have total writing envy. And I wouldn't be at all surprised if this book rakes in a bunch of honors and awards. It deserves it.
Here's the official blurb:
I'll admit, I actually hadn't heard of the book when the publicist emailed me offering the ARC. But when I read the blurb I thought uh--Middle Grade + Vaudeville + Buster Keaton = WIN. And I was right!
Oh, and yes. When I say Buster Keaton I mean THE Buster Keaton:
He's one of the stars I spent the most time studying back in film school because I am obsessed with old, silent movies, and his are some of the best. If you haven't seen Sherlock Jr., The General, or Steamboat Bill, Jr. get thee to Netflix and check them out!!!
But I digress.
The events in the story are not biographical--but they are authentic (man I hope I'm using the right words). Buster Keaton did tour the Vaudeville circuit, and Halley's Comet did cause mass hysteria, so you can't help feeling like, "okay, so, this didn't necessarily happen--but it could have." And may I just say that the 15-year-old Buster in the book is totally swoon-worthy? I'm more than a little in love with him.
And the writing. OMG the WRITING!
I loved every word.
I loved the zinger jokes breaking up the text, like the whole book was a Vaudeville act.
I loved the way she pulls you so deeply into the time that you feel like you're really in Chicago during the comet panic. You live the dirty alleys. The run-down boarding house. The crowded, stuffy theater. The itchy clothes.
I loved the language. Movies called "Flickering Flicks" and customers called "Coins." And Huck! Where has that swear word been all my life????? I am determined to make "Huck" happen. (Insert Mean Girls quote here). But seriously, Huck! How fun is that?
So yeah, in case you can't tell--I LOVED this book, and I highly recommend it to anyone--no matter what age you are. Middle Grade is not just for kids--and this book especially. You will love it!
You can't buy a copy until November 9th, but you can read an excerpt on Kristin's website. Go there and prepare to be hooked! :)
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