Mysterious things begin to happen after Uncle Claude comes to stay with his sister's family. Is Uncle Claude a thief, an imposter, or just a dream waver?...
|Title||:||Us and Uncle Fraud|
|Number of Pages||:||148 Pages|
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Us and Uncle Fraud Reviews
I'm halfway through -- an underrated time to review a book, let me tell you. But it's the perfect time, at least for this book! Because I have no idea what's going to happen. I'm still undecided whether Uncle Fraud really is a fraudster, which feels great and awful all at once. He's like that cat we all learned about in physics (or from The Big Bang Theory :). The hope for humanity I hold in my heart, as it rests on the actions of Uncle Claude, is at this moment both alive and dead, just like that cat.Or it's like a coin toss. The hopeful part of me knows beyond a doubt that it's gonna come up heads. And "that other half" of me knows -- beyond a doubt -- it's gonna come up stinky, smelly tails instead. Don't let me down, Fraud. Ya bastard.
Confession: my favorite Lois Lowry books are not her Newbery winners, The Giver or Number the Stars, no matter how tremendous they may be. They're not even her classic Anastasia Krupnik series. They're her run of realistic middle grade novels from the 80s: Taking Care of Terrific, The One Hundredth Thing About Caroline, Switcharound, Us and Uncle Fraud. I checked these books out from the library repeatedly. I couldn't have told you about the high-quality sentence-level writing or the unique, well-drawn characters. I probably would have told you they were "just good stories."Confession: I basically want to be Lois Lowry. No Newberys necessary. Lois Lowry of the 80s.Of the aforementioned books, it had been longest since I reread Us and Uncle Fraud, but I know I must have read it several times over. Countless times, my brain pinged with recognition of a certain phrase. I recalled almost every plot point, with the notable exception of (ironically) the one that was arguably most important. What I didn't remember was the odd formality of the writing. It's in first person, yet the 11-year-old narrator sounds very adult and retrospective. That or the narrator is adult, looking back on her childhood, but that's never clear. The time period is unclear as well. It's obviously during the Cold War, but there's nothing that feels very "1984" (the publication year, nothing to do with George Orwell) about it except for younger sister Stephanie's name. Often it feels like it takes much longer ago. It's also got a lot of sadness and bitterness to it, which in the context of the story makes sense... but wow. No wonder people don't love this one the way they do Lowry's other light-hearted 80s novels. It's heavy.Not Lowry's best work by any stretch, but it's better than most authors will ever have to offer... and I still wish I could write that well!
An interesting story. It did not go where I expected it to go.
This book is about a family that has a traveler and a dreamer come and visit the family after many years- Uncle Claude. When he comes to visit the show him how to get inside a neighbors house while they were gone (the most dangerous thing they could think of). That night, the Uncle told his nephews about Russian eggs and how they are covered with jewels and a great treasure. He told the kids that he would hide a couple eggs in the house for them to find. The next day he disappeared and the neighbors had been robbed. The kids look around the house for the eggs, but have a hard time finding them. The kids suspect that it was their Uncle that robbed the neighbors house.
First read 1986.
This is a sweet book and I love Lois Lowry.
This is a fun, thoughtful little book. While perfect for intermediate grades, I think there is enough to the story to appeal to some older readers who want a quick read.