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Bea is a girl with a lot of feelings-and they always show on her face. Sometimes people know what she’s feeling before she does! One thing she does know? That her mom and dad love her, even if they don’t love each other quite the same anymore. When Bea is 8, her parents divorce. Her dad soon meets someone new and B is so excited to have not only a second dad, but also a new sister! But with the good also comes the difficult. Bea must learn how to properly and effectively share her feelings, while watching her family members do the same.
Bea’s experiences show readers that having courage can also be the same thing as being true to yourself. She learns that families are complicated and sometimes the most important family is the one you choose. The message is heartfelt and I predict that many middle grade readers will relate strongly to Bea's feelings around guilt and anxiety. Stead has a knack for tapping into a young person's perspective without it seeming unrealistic or whiny. I could remember many, many moments from my younger years when I had the exact same anxieties and reactions as Bea. I would have loved to have the opportunity to read about someone like me who learns how to express anxiety (instead of bottling it up) effectively.
While this is not a book written for adults, I think it would be a great read aloud or read together for an adult and a middle grader. This would be a great book for middle grade fans needing a book focusing on the topics of LGBTQ+ family dynamics, divorce, counseling, step-siblings, and feelings in general.
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