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My One Hundred Adventures

by Polly Horvath

My One Hundred Adventures
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  • First Published:
    Sep 2008, 272 pages
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    Jan 2010, 272 pages

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Jo Perry

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Ages 12+. A splendid novel for wise children; world-weary teens; and adults, young and old. Reading Horvath is good for the mind, the body and the heart

Lovely, fresh, ambitious, subversive, sharp and generous, My One Hundred Adventures is a splendid novel for wise children; world-weary teens; and adults, young and old. Reading Horvath is good for the mind, the body and the heart.

Intrepid Polly Horvath again elevates children's book-writing to high art as she has with The Trolls, and The Canning Season. The very first paragraph takes off so swiftly and is so good, I reread it twice, then felt the need to share it with someone:

"All summers take me back to the sea. There in the long eelgrass, like birds' eggs waiting to be hatched, my brothers and sister and I sit, grasses higher than our heads, arms and legs like thicker versions of the grass waving in the wind, looking up at the blue washed sky. My mother is gathering food for dinner: clams and mussels and the sharply salty greens that grow by the shore. ...

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