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My One Hundred Adventures: 04/26/10
My One Hundred Adventures by Polly Horvath has fourteen adventures and I suppose that's a blessing. Jane and her siblings live in a beach shack with their poet mother.
Jane divides her time with helping the local pastor who has wacky ideas on how to get the WORD out there. One of her schemes involves dropping Bibles from a hot air balloon. When she's not hanging out with the pastor, she's baby sitting, either her own siblings or a neighbor's. The different families make Jane question what it means to be a family. There's also a mysterious stranger and some other odds and ends that bring the book together.
The main character narrates her adventures with a lyrical language beyond her years. The novel has in that regards a Wonder Years feel. Polly Horvarth is also a poet so it makes sense for her protagonist to have an extra special way with words.
Although I enjoyed the book, it wasn't a perfect read. The plotting is a little slow sometimes. Other times I couldn't understand the choices some characters made.