My rating: 4 of 5 stars Received: Hachette Book Group Canada Publication Date: September 19th, 2017 Publisher: Little, Brown BFYR Point of View: 1st Person & Feminine Recommended Age: 8+ Pacing: Fast Genres & Themes: Middle Grade, Friendship
Everything in Bea’s world has changed. She’s starting seventh grade newly friendless and facing big changes at home, where she is about to go from only child to big sister. Feeling alone and adrift, and like her words don’t deserve to be seen, Bea takes solace in writing haiku in invisible ink and hiding them in a secret spot.
But then something incredible happens–someone writes back. And Bea begins to connect with new friends, including a classmate obsessed with a nearby labyrinth and determined to get inside. As she decides where her next path will lead, she just might discover that her words–and herself–have found a new way to belong. Continue reading →
My rating: 4 of 5 stars Received: Hachette Book Group Canada Publication Date: January 27th, 2015 Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers Point of View: 1st Person & Feminine Recommended Age: 10+ Pacing: Fast Genres & Themes: Middle Grade, Family, Contemporary, Friendship, Food
There’s something about asking for Impossible Things. For one little second, they feel Possible.
Take two sisters making it on their own: brainy twelve-year-old GiGi and junior-high-dropout-turned-hairstylist DiDi. Add a million dollars in prize money from a national cooking contest and a move from the trailer parks of South Carolina to the North Shore of Long Island. Mix in a fancy new school, new friends and enemies, a first crush, and a generous sprinkling of family secrets.
That’s the recipe for The Truth About Twinkie Pie, a voice-driven middle-grade debut about the true meaning of family and friendship. Continue reading →