On the Road to Mr. Mineo's by Barbara O'Connor
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
I had no idea a one-legged pigeon had the ability to lighten up a small town until I met Sherman. He ran away from "home" (I suspected there was an argument with Amy his companion) to the nearby small town, and drove kids and adults alike anxious with the desire to capture him. Really, who wouldn't want to own a one-legged pigeon?
I loved reading this book. I went through it in one sitting which is amazing considering I'm not a devoted contemporary middle grade fiction reader. The voice was loud and fun with a colorful and quirky cast of characters. They all came together because of Sherman the one-legged pigeon and the event changed their lives. There was a little bit of mayhem but it was all for a good cause.
The writing also made for a good read-aloud with short and lively sentences. Everyone should have this book on their shelves.
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