Not because it is serious or profound or anything noteworthy in that respect. But it is darling, entertaining, hilarious, and even a bit romantic—my favorite combination.
Secrets at Sea by Richard Peck.
I love Richard Peck. Normally he writes hysterical (and pretty meaningful) historical fiction—two of my favorites being The Teacher's Funeral: A Comedy in Three Parts
And A River Between Us:
But back to Secrets at Sea. It's about mice, for pities sake. Mice and ships and adventure and love. My kids devoured it, and I loved reading it aloud to them. Peck is a master of language and a master of plot—not an easy thing, believe me. So if you're a bit leery of these heavier, award winners—at least until you've heard from word of mouth if they're really good—give Richard Peck and Secrets at Sea a serious, or not-so-serious look!