I can say that I think Lynne Jonell wrote the character of Danny with accuracy and grace. I know some would say he's been steriotyped, but I can see my own son reacting in the same ways to extreme stress and abuse. And I'm thankful Ms. Jonell had her other characters treat him with compassion and care. At one point Christina has to try to rescue Danny from out of the inside of a garbage truck, but at the same time she may be sacrificing the rest of the orphans she's trying to save. What worth is Danny's life?
What if she did save ninety-nine orphans while leaving Danny in the garbage? Could she really pretend to be a hero? Could she even look Taft in the eye, knowing she had done that?Having read only two of the MTA nominees so far I can say that this book is my favorite. We shall see if that changes or not!
Christina bowed her head. Ninety-nine wasn't going to be good enough. It had to be one hundred. And it had to be now.