By Natalie Babbitt
Ages 9-12 – 144 pages
Published in 2007 by Square Fish (originally published in 1970)
Egan was visiting his Aunt, Uncle and cousin (Ada) in the town of Instep. Instep is the closest town to Knee-Knock rise, a mountain where the people of Instep say a monster (the Megrimum) lives. When Ada teased Egan and dared him to climb to the top on Knee-Knock mountain. which no on had EVER done, Egan got mad and he and his Uncle’s dog started to climb. Egan was afraid of what they would find at the top…..the Megrimum! Egan discovers the secret of the Megrimum and tells the townspeople but they think he is lying.
Knee-Knock rise won the Newberry Honor book award in 1971. My teacher gave everyone in our third grade class a copy of this book as an end of year present. When I first started reading this book, I really didn’t like it (it was very creepy and I didn’t like the characters at first) but kept reading to give it a chance. I am happy I read the whole story because it turned out to be pretty good. It is an easy book to read. Michelle Isenhoff of the Bookworm Blather blog told me that Tuck Everlasting is one of her favorite books and I just realized it is by the same author so I think I’ll try that book too!