Cinnamon Moon

Cinnamon Moon

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"On the same day as the Great Chicago Fire of 1871, 250 miles away in Peshtigo, Wisconsin, there was an even more devastating fire. Twelve-year-old Ailis and her younger brother, Quinn, survive, but their family does not. Ailis and Quinn are taken by a family acquaintance to live in a boarding house in Chicago, where they meet six-year-old Nettie, an orphan displaced by Chicago's fire. But the woman who runs the boarding house makes their lives miserable, and Ailis vows to find a way for the three of them to leave. Ailis finds a job at a millinery shop and Quinn plays his fiddle on the streets so they can save money. Then Nettie disappears, and Ailis and Quinn discover she's been kidnapped by a group that forces children to work in the sewers killing rats. Can they find a way to rescue her?"--
Publisher: New York : Margaret Ferguson Books/Farrar, Straus Giroux, [2016]
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9780374302825
0374302820
Branch Call Number: XF HILMO, TESS
Characteristics: 247 pages ; 22 cm

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Nov 17, 2016

Well this was a let down. Girl and her brother survives the great Chicago fire of 1871. In middle of book one of their friends, little orphan girl, gets kidnapped. This book didn't know what should be the main theme and so ended up mediocre. Was it going to be about the fire and how they recovered from that or if it should be about how people will take advantage of that situation and kidnap orphans? Both apparently. I could have worked with all of this until I reached the end. And *everything* from top to bottom was resolved in less than 5 pages. No build up, no character arc. Just immediate resolution to all of the struggles. The book would be well suited for 3-5 grade. It's just an unforgivable ending.

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