Great plot, but lacks the feeling. There was a little bit of feeling, but it wasn't very prominent. It's a great story, but I don't think the interest level is grades 4-8. I think it should be more like 3-5. That sounds more accurate. It's TOTALLY not the appropriate level of reading for an eighth grader. I read this about 6 months ago as a read-aloud, and it was much, much easier to comprehend than any book (other than picture books) that I had read in the past two years. 3 stars for me.
The La Tomatina Festival is a tradition that has been celebrated for 70 years now. I know some of you may think it messy, weird, or even gross, but I think this world would be a better place if we weren't so quick to judge others. I personally think it's okay to state an opinion, but not without having evidence to support it. Anyways, I feel that the most important thing about La Tomatina is the fact that a large group of people in Bunol, Spain; whether visitors or locals, receive the opportunity to experience the most fun they've ever had in a long time. I mean, who doesn't want to get the chance to live in the moment & throw tomatoes at a total stranger? Even if I'm the one acting a little quirky, aren't we all, to some extent, misunderstood? :)