I have awaited the story of Teddy Beaudine for as long as I can remember. Wasn't sure about Meg as the heroine (as I din't really enjoy her in WIDFL), but she was an ok character. What I didn't enjoy about this book was the lack of dialogue from Ted's point of view. For about 90% of the book the story surrounds only Meg's point of view. Having loved Ted from Fancy Pants and Lady Be Good, I was entirely unimpressed with the lack of Ted's viewpoint. Another thing lacking in this book was the secondary love story, a signature plot point in nearly every one of SEP's books. Instead, it was just Meg rambling on and on until near the end when we finally hear what ted is thinking. The narrator was terrific, but I hope SEP will finish Lucy's story and go back to her usual formula. I base my rating for this story on how amazing SEP's other books are. To be honest, if CMI was my first SEP book, I'd be really unimpressed with the movement of the story.
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