The plot focuses around a small community on a fictional island off the coast of North Carolina. This community has a strong culture of exceptional writing and expression. Through a series of events, the freedom of expression is taken away from the community. The main character Ella is a girl who works to regain this freedom. Not only did the plot draw me in, but the author's style made the book even more enjoyable to read. The story is told through letters and as each restriction is added to the characters' world, the mode of communication becomes increasingly more creative.
This book has the perfect combination of intriguing plot, writing style, and thought-provoking theme. A book can be good if it has two of these three things, but Dunn's book is exceptional to me because it has all three. If you haven't read Ella Minnow Pea yet, this is a read I would advise to anyone who loves books.