THE WORLD ACCORDING TO BERTIE
Smith succeeds where many others fail; he writes intelligently and creates characters that are both interesting and real and relationships that make the reader become invested in the story.
A terrific read!
44 Scotland Street is home to several intriguing people, not the least of whom is Bertie, a precocious 6-year-old. Bertie's perspective on life and the lives of the characters residing at 44 Scotland Street is shaken up by changes, including the arrival of his baby brother, Ulysses.
Then Cyril, the dog belonging to artist Angus, is thrown in the pound for biting, and Angus and Bertie need to prove his innocence and rescue him before he's put down. Further intimate details of everyday life are keenly observed along the way. (ANCHOR, Nov., 343 pp., $13.95)