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This week, I posted:
–Nonfiction Picture Book Challenge Wednesday– Read my reviews for:
-Celebrate This Week- This week, I’m celebrating:
I’d been wanting to read this book since I love books with fun footnotes but I put it off until now.
Eleven-year-old Magnolia Jane Mayfield(a.k.a Maggie)is sure she’s going to be President of the United States so she starts writing her memoir. And she has lots to write about with all the changes happening in her family that requires all of them to pull themselves up by their bootstraps.
I love her unique view of life and of how the world works. I loved her go-getter attitude, her unwavering sense of right and wrong, and her inability to resist sweets.
A refreshing coming-of-age story that defines who a person is in terms of their family.
Let me get to the part I didn’t like first. Star seemed younger than her ten years. I’m sure there are kids who would react the same way she did, considering all the confusing and life-altering events happening to her, but she came off as acting and thinking younger. Maybe I’ve just been fortunate enough to interact with mature kids in my life.
Other than that, I enjoyed Hope is a Ferris Wheel. Star Mackie is having a hard time fitting in at school- being teased for living in a trailer park and having blue hair that looks like a mullet, just to name a few. Her family life isn’t going swimmingly either- with separated parents and a moody older sister, whom she adores but seems to be shrugging her off.
A solution to her problems comes from the most unexpected source- Emily Dickinson’s poetry!
A nice story about trying to find one’s place in a world.
Reasons why I wanted to read the book:
1. It’s about a bookstore.
2. The cover glows in the dark.
3. It takes place in San Francisco where I grew up.
This was an enjoyable read full of fascinating characters and interesting situations.
Expect reviews for these books during Wednesday’s Nonfiction Picture Book Challenge post:
*= It was OK
**= Liked it
****= Highly Recommended
I’m reading as many of the following as I can… and then some more…
Have a great reading week!