"She laughed a lovely laugh, like the sound an apple crumble would make if it could."
I read The Crims for the children's book club that I run and I can't say I would have picked it up otherwise (even though I read a lot of middle grade), and as I always say with middle grade, I'm not the target audience so I can only give my two-cents from the adult perspective.
I do read a lot of this age group, and I've read a lot better than The Crims. I can completely understand why kids might enjoy it, it's quirky, funny and engaging. And beneath the main plot are strong messages of the importance of family and not taking life too seriously. The writing was fairly simplistic and the story wasn't particularly nuanced but my book clubbers loved it. So, what does my adult brain know?
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