Monday, November 21, 2011

Cliques, Hicks, and Ugly Sticks - KD McCrite

 April Grace's world is changing so fast.  Her friends from elementary school have changed into....well, strangers.  She barely recognizes "who" they've turned into as they head off to middle school.  After an automobile accident, Isabel St. James needs help putting together the church play, so Mama insists that April Grace and Myra Sue will help. Now April's autumn is devoted to spending every afternoon with Isabel and Myra Sue (who's an even bigger drama queen that Isabel). If all of this isn't enough, Isabel's wreaking havoc in the community trying to get the road paved and the new boy at school won't leave her alone. Even April's mom is acting different...and she drops a bombshell on April Grace...she's no longer the baby of the family! 

April Grace is a wear-your-heart-on-her-sleeve kind of girl, learning there are things in life that she can change and things she can't.  She's learning to be patient and tolerate the things she can't change. Tween girls will easily relate to April (despite that the story is set in the 80's, which to tween girls today, will seem like 'ancient times' and for me, April Grace reminded of the youngest Walton daughter, Elizabeth.) and love her sense of humor as she deals with boys, siblings, and the changes that come with growing up.  Written in an open and honest tone about the difficulties of growing into the teen years.  A great read for moms and their tween daughters to share together or for a mother/tween daughter reading group.  I chose to review this book on the suggestion of my 13 year old daughter, who wanted to read the book as well.
I would like to thank BookSneeze for the complimentary copy of this book for my review.

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