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Reviewed by Gretchen Jawurek for Readers' Favorite
If you have ever lived in a small town or have relatives that live in a small town, you will really relate to From Tickfaw to Shongaloo by Dixon Hearne. Remember those trips you would take to visit an aunt or grandma who would regale you with one story after another of their friends or relatives. This book is like listening to them all over again. You are the one that the town gossip is talking to and you are having to follow the story of the latest shenanigans of Bert, who works at the Post Office, then how he gets himself into trouble, and how the whole town comes together to help save him.
From Tickfaw to Shongaloo is all about gossip and how gossip can get people, and the “gossiper” into trouble. It reads like one of those detective stories that has a case they are working on and then they find out that the case is based on gossip. In From Tickfaw to Shongaloo there are quirky characters and crazy fun! Raylene is your narrator who knows everyone and is possibly related to half of them, and she also knows everyone’s back story. Raylene takes you on a journey through the town’s history and the latest event that takes the whole town to court to save Post Officer Bert. Not only do you learn what gossip can do, but the book also gives you insight into different cultures that make up society. And gossip or not, quirky characters, crazy characters, the good and the not so good ... you would not have a town without them.