Setting (Place): A small, Swedish town
Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
The characters are so genuine and quirky that I felt like I knew them. Plus, the imagination of Elsa and her grandmother was so sweet and playful.
Seven-year-old Elsa is very close to her grandmother, who has lived quite the life. Elsa, though, is unaware of all that her grandmother did and was able to accomplish. Elsa does know that her mom and grandmother do not always see eye-to-eye. When her grandmother dies, Elsa is sent on a mission to deliver letters that her grandmother wrote. As the quest unfolds, Elsa gains not only insight into her grandmother's life but she also develops new friends, who become an important part of her journey.
While this is written for an adult audience, the main character is a child. Her whimsical attitude and sense of understanding of adults make it a good YA read as well. This is realistic fiction for those who like true-seeming stories.
Want to make a recommendation?
* Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh's Young Adult Booklists
* New York Times Books Section (links to their Best Seller Lists)
* YALSA Book Awards & Booklists
* YALSA's Teens' Top Ten