Land of a Hundred Wonders
Published by New American Library
A Division of The Penguin Group
Published July 2008
Set in 1973, Gibby MaGraw has lost her parents to an automobile crash that she survived. But she did suffer brain damage that has left her NQR (Not Quite Right). This makes being a newspaper reporter pretty challenging.
While out looking for her next big story she stumbles upon the dead body of the next governor of Kentucky, Buster Malloy. She figures if she can solve the murder and write a fantastic news article she will show everyone including her mother in heaven that she is on the road to becoming Quite Right again.
Off with her leather-like briefcase that holds her blue spiral notebook, her favorite #2′s, and her camera she stumbles over quite a few more astonishing things as she tries to put all the clues together with her hit and miss memory.
More important though she learns some things are far more important than all the brains in the world, and that miracles occur in the most unexpected moments.
Lesley Kagen is a Wisconsin Author and I am making my way through all of her books and I am enjoying them so much.
The author is excellent at bringing her characters to life. Gibby has been through some terrible things and she just keeps going. Being “Not Quite Right” slows her down a bit but she keep pushing through. She is courageous and funny, most times unintentionally, and readers will fall in love with her immediately.
She is surrounded by her grandpa and many friends who are all truly unique. They all have her best interests at heart and go to great lengths to protect her from remembering too much too fast. It is too hard to pick a favorite.
The story is set is the south in the 70′s and I believe the author portrayed the issues of the time quite well.
This a heartwarming story that will hold your attention from the first page to the last. I was surprised at how quickly I read this book and all in one sitting. I was almost sorry to reach the end. The Land of a Hundred Wonders in a perfect place to escape.
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