- Author Louis Sachar
I’d never heard of this book or the author, and I didn’t know anything about it. I didn’t know what to expect as I opened it up, but I was pleasantly surprised. It took only a moment to realise I was reading another children or young adults book, but the story was brilliantly captivating.
Initially, it seems to be some kind of redemption story as a kid pays his dues at a detention centre. Then the back story starts to get filled in, and as it all weaves a beautiful path towards the end, every step just makes more and more sense and feels totally right.
I didn’t like the idea of eating onions for a week, but the writing was so good that I actually thought I could smell onions as I was reading. The twist at the end, explaining how they managed to take the suitcase unscathed was brilliant.