No Ordinary Thing can’t possibly be the debut novel of G.Z. Schmidt, but it appears as though it is. She entrances us with this intricately woven tale. Schmidt created excellent characters and built a plot full of unexpected turns. The story can seem complicated, but it is all quite simple when one keeps the details straight. Pay close attention to the locations and character names as things can get a bit muddled if you’re not on your toes. Details aren’t amiss as we magically weave in and out of different times and places, never sure where or when the next destination will be. After giving us these excellent elements, Schmidt takes the story full-circle in a perfectly crafted resolution. Leaning a bit on the dark side, this has the same vibe as The Unadoptables. Readers who enjoy embarking on a time-traveling journey must do so with No Ordinary Thing.
Review of Digital Advance Reading Copy received from the Publisher
Violence/Gore: Many (36) brief incidents including character could be killed or hurt; reference to eventually dying; verbal threats; ref to character losing leg from getting into a fight with an animal; character becoming ill with smallpox; reference to character falling and breaking leg; reference to murder; second-hand report of character dying from polio; references to murder; many references and death, including parents of young children; second-hand report of an adult getting smacked by another adult and getting a bruise; reference to a factory burning down and killing workers; reference to war; reference to bribery and theft; second-hand report of a car accident; second-hand report of workers in a candle factory getting sleeves caught on fire; reference to serpent striking; reference to ghosts, dragons or monsters swallowing people; second-hand report of child burning hand on boiling water; adults throw tomatoes at a teenager; adult pulls a child’s hair; adult gets kicked by children; adult breaking into a shop, causing damage. One incident of an adult breaking into a house and attacking an adult and child.
Mature Subject Matter:
Homelessness; theft (children and adults); bullying; insanity; hypnotism; orphans; character going to jail for disorderly conduct; two incidents of rude bodily functions.
Alcohol / Drug Use:
Adults drink wine and smoke cigars.