Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Ella Minnow Pea by Mark Dunn

Ella Minnow Pea is a girl living happily on the fictional island of Nollop off the coast of South Carolina. Nollop was named after Nevin Nollop, author of the immortal pangram,* “The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog.” Now Ella finds herself acting to save her friends, family, and fellow citizens from the encroaching totalitarianism of the island’s Council, which has banned the use of certain letters of the alphabet as they fall from a memorial statue of Nevin Nollop. As the letters progressively drop from the statue they also disappear from the novel. The result is both a hilarious and moving story of one girl’s fight for freedom of expression, as well as a linguistic tour de force sure to delight word lovers everywhere.

*pangram: a sentence or phrase that includes all the letters of the alphabet

This was an amazing book! It is very interesting and you want to keep reading to find out what will happen next, and how they will be able to get by as more and more letters fall from the statue. It was crazy to see how the people in charge are so insane, and even more crazy was that the people on the island actually followed them. I guess it goes to show you that you really need to pay attention to who you are electing, and hope that they are some people with sense. The book is based on letters and is not written in the traditional novel format. I fell in love with the characters, and wish that Nollop was a real place so I could go visit! This is a book I would recommend to everyone, definitely five stars!
Reviewed by: Kathy
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