Reading level: Ages 9-12
Paperback: 304 pages
Publisher: Thomas Nelson (May 10, 2011)
Retail Price: $9.99
"Boy, oh boy", this book was a fun, light-hearted read.
While this story about April Grace and the life around her started off on the wrong foot with me, it wound up to be a good, feel-good book. What I didn't like was the back and forth bickering between April and her older sister Myra. As a mom of a teen and a tween I can completely relate to April and her view on life. Also, as a christian, I felt some of the christian beliefs a bit stretched.
I found the characters to be very full of personality. The author did a fantastic job of bringing them to life. April has an honest eye for good and bad in people. If this were a melodrama you can hear the boos and hisses when the bad guys comes out and the claps and cheers for the good folks.
This book breaks down stereotypes and pride. Though this wasn't a very deeply moral book, you do get the just of the book. Which is to treat everyone kind, and to watch out for old men who smell of "Old Spice". (Do get it? Read the book.) Would I let my kids read this, probably. Would I encourage them to, no. Am I interested in reading the sequel? I think I would.
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