2012- Reread at the behest of several Betsy-Tacy friends. I didn't hate it this time through, but it's never going to be my favorite book. I found the characters a little more engaging, but Turtle was the only one I really liked. I stand by my earlier review. 2007 The ways of the Newbery committee, even back in the 70s, are most mysterious to me. The story was fun, but it sure struck me as light for a Newbery Medal. I'm not a big mystery fan, so that was a drawback for me too. I'm compelled to say that the mystery wasn't all that mysterious. I didn't much like the characters, and I found the whole thing contrived.