Review: Kristy's Great Idea by Ann M Martin
This was a fun nostalgia trip. I remembered most of the story--after all, I read it several times between the ages of nine and thirteen--but I found myself surprised on a number of occasions just how well written the story was. Ann M Martin handles the conflict between Kristy and Watson well, treating the protagonists feelings as though they are valid, while showing that perhaps she is being too harsh. The resolution is, of course, lovely. And, as is the trademark of the series, the problems experienced by the main characters are usually resolved by, or between, themselves with little intervention by the adults, though characters like Elizabeth and Watson, and Claudia's grandmother, Mimi, offer support.
Anyway, this is a great read for kids in their middle and upper years of primary school. I know that the television series will have a bit more of a contemporary feel--and the changes are more than cool with me*--but I hope that viewers will be inspired to pick up the books and see where it all began.