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I loved this book. It was about a boy living a disadvantaged life, but one of the things I liked was how the author didn't make a big deal of the fact- it was just there. It is told switching between a 3rd person narrative about the focus of our story, Travis, and a girl, Velveeta, who moves the story along through letters to someone named Calvin. It's written in a clear, true, down-to-earth manner that makes it more believable and more relatable, and the premise is simple but pure- a boy with a secret is befriended by a girl with even more of them. It's about swamps and dogs and reading and colorful scarves but mostly it's about learning, Travis' friendship with Velveeta, and how they help and complement one another.
Reviewed by: DD Klionsky. Ages 13+