When the Beat Drops by Anna Hecker
Thank you to BookSparks and author, Anna Hecker, for sending me a free copy of When the Beat Drops in exchange for an honest review in the #readbythesea2018 blog tour. All opinions are my own.
Thank you to @kidlitexchange for providing @bookedupblog with a free copy of The Glass Town Game by Catherynne M. Valente in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.
A tome of a middle-grade novel, I gave this fantasy three stars. While it’s marketed to grades 4-7 due to the attitudes, adventures, ages of the main characters, I think the language and the length are a bit too daunting for that age range. This book seems to appeal more to adults who have enjoyed the works and history of the Bronte’s, yet would also like some fantastical fiction based on their lives. While Valente is a beautiful writer, I think this one is better left for a more mature middle-grade reader. It’s a great challenge for your more bookwormy middle-grade kiddos or for a read-along!
TL/DR: At 500+ pages, you may need to convince your younger readers to give this historical fantasy a try. If anything, you’ll enjoy reading it as an adult!
Rating: 3/5 stars
Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng
The Wish Granter by C. J. Redwine
Thank you to Kid Lit Exchange for the free copy of The Wish Granter by C. J. Redwine in exchange for an unbiased review.
All opinions are my own.
The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
Harmony by Carolyn Parkhurst
What do you get when you take three families, all with children who are on the autism spectrum, and leave them at a camp to fend for themselves? Absolute hilarity, that's what. Harmony is the story of the Hammond family's search for "normalcy" in the middle of not so normal circumstances. It is told in alternating perspectives of Alexandra, the mother, and Iris, the neurotypical daughter. Alexandra packs up her husband and two daughters to live at Camp Harmony in hopes that parenting expert Scott Bean can come up with a solution for how to raise Tilly, the Hammond's eldest daughter who is a mix of genius and socially awkward. Harmony was a definite page turner, and actually made my jaw drop with the ending.
The way to Alexandra's heart is through a great book recommendation.