It took years before I got back on the proverbial horse, and I was in my early 20s before I read Cuckoo in the Nest, but I loved it. The theatre theme made it a little different, and it had a little more of the masterful characterisation that made Mister Tom so wonderful.
Just Henry came out in 2008, and I read it this week. It turns out I loved it. However, Magorian has a very set rhythm to her books, and I found I was flinching half way through, as I knew something dreadful was going to happen to break the fragile equilibrium.
It always works like this:
- WW2 or post WW2 family with ishooooos.
- New characters emerge and ishoooos start to be dealt with.
- Some kind of resolution reached, although generally not to the satisfaction of all characters.
- Some kind of hideous disaster strikes (eg kidnapped by nasty family, sent to hideous boarding school, sent away from loved one)
- Final, satisfactory resolution is reached.
A good read for age 10+.