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Estelle: Signed Skye Harper by Carol Lynch Williams

Signed, Skye Harper by Carol Lynch Williams ( web | tweet ) Publication Date: May 13, 2014 Publisher: Paula Wiseman Books/Simon & Schuster Pages: 304 Target audience: Middle grade Keywords: 1970s, moms/daughters, road trip, young love, Southern setting Format read: ARC from Publisher via Edelweiss. (Thanks!) Summary: Winston and her grandmother head out on a secret […]

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June 17, 2014 - 9:26 pm

Alexa S. - Whenever you come out and write a book review like this one, I almost always instantly want to buy it. (I’m only resisting now because of a lack of funds at the moment!) But seriously, Signed Skye Harper sounds really great! I love that there’s a road trip, and a huge family aspect, and just a great story that captures that awkward age (that was definitely mine too)!

Estelle: The Battle of Darcy Lane by Tara Altebrando

The Battle of Darcy Lane by Tara Altebrando ( web | tweet ) Publication Date: March 22, 2014 Publisher: Perseus Books Pages: 208 Target audience: Middle grade Keywords: summer, friendships, camp, cicadas Format read: ARC paperback from Publisher. (Thank you!) Summary: It’s summertime and Julia is planning on spending the warm weather with her best […]

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May 3, 2014 - 2:37 pm

Alexa S. - You recommended this book to me, and sent me the trailer. I bought the book, and read it nearly right after – and I loved it! I thought it was a very real take on that whole experience of someone new swooping in to “take” your BFF, and I could identify with Julia pretty darn well. Plus, I also liked learning about Russia (and wanted to play it!)

May 1, 2014 - 4:03 pm

Lucy @ The Reading Date - This was not on my radar at all, so thank you for fixing that! I bet a lot of kids will relate to this book. Looking forward to reading it!

April 29, 2014 - 3:29 pm

Quinn @ Quinn's Book Nook - Oh my goodness this looks so cute! I so need to read this. I’ve definitely been in similar situations, as a kid and as an adult, and it is always traumatizing.

I wish I could watch the book trailer right now. but I’m at work.

Estelle: The Boy on the Porch by Sharon Creech

The Boy on the Porch by Sharon Creech ( web | tweet ) Publication Date: September 3, 2013 Publisher: HarperCollins Pages: 160 Target audience: Middle grade Keywords: family, parents, children Format read: ARC provided from LitLush! (Thanks!) Summary:  When John and Marta find a young boy on their porch, they do the only thing they […]

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September 26, 2013 - 9:48 am

Brittany @ The Book Addict's Guide - Oh good!! I’m so glad you enjoyed it! I actually read it in a few hours as well and just finished it last night. I loved the story! Agreed, it wasn’t quite developed as much as Walk Two Moons was, but it was interesting in its own way! It was touching and such a nice, refreshing read!

September 23, 2013 - 11:33 pm

Bookworm1858 - Sounds like a sweet story though I’m scared about an emotional ending if John and Marta have to say goodbye to Jacob 🙁

September 23, 2013 - 10:00 am

Jen @ Pop! Goes The Reader - While I’m not certain this is a book I’m interested in reading, I’m extremely touched by the concept and, like you, couldn’t help but be reminded of Magan and all she and her husband have done to help their foster daughter along the way 🙂 It’s those sort of people who are real, everyday heroes who receive little-to-no recognition for their selfless, tireless work. I can’t imagine being in John and Marta’s position and never knowing the duration of Jacob’s stay or knowing that they might lose him at a moment’s notice. Absolutely heart breaking!

Estelle: Jessica Darling’s IT List (#1) by Megan McCafferty

Jessica Darling’s IT List (#1) by Megan McCafferty ( web | tweet ) Publication Date: September 3, 2013 Publisher: Poppy / Little Brown Pages: 240 Target audience: Middle grade / Jessica Darling fans! Keywords: starting middle school, friendships, siblings Format read: ARC from Shanyn of Chick Loves Lit. Thanks!! Other books reviewed by MM: Bumped […]

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December 8, 2015 - 6:56 pm

Hi - I read the book and thought it was very good but can someone explain whar 3znuf 4eva is i have figured out that 3znuf is 3 is enough as in the three friend jessica briget and dori but still do not know what 4eva is

September 17, 2014 - 9:00 am

Jessica Darling's IT List 2 by Megan McCafferty - […] Add to Goodreads |  Buy on B&N | Review of IT LIST #1 […]

September 18, 2013 - 3:09 am

Alexa Y. - The fact that you referenced Anastasia Krupnik has me SOLD on reading this book. Seriously, I loved her — and because you loved her AND Jessica? I’m definitely going to be checking this book out, along with the rest of the Jessica Darling books.

September 14, 2013 - 5:33 pm

Ri - The thing I love most about JD is how relatable she is. Whether its her witty or sarcastic thoughts or her trying to fit into reality while maintaining her true self, we’ve all been there. This series is one of few I never get tired of reading over and over and it makes me laugh everytime.

September 13, 2013 - 6:58 pm

Joli @ Actin' Up with Books - Jessica Darling made me fall in love with young adult characters as an adult. When the book first published, I was 24 reading a ton of chick-lit (books for “my age group” and books for Grad School, but once I read Sloppy Firsts, I wanted to read more books with characters like Jessica – young, fun, sarcastic, and REAL.

This is my favorite series EVER and I am so happy that Megan is giving readers a younger Jessica. I won a copy of this for my niece – I want this to be the book that makes her fall in love with reading, and I hope that I am lucky to win this one for me (if not, I’m getting a copy to read along with her asap).

Thanks for sharing your love of this book and the series and hosting this fantastic giveaway. Anyone who wins will be lucky to experience the awesomeness of Megan McCafferty and Jessica Darling.

September 13, 2013 - 6:57 pm

Vivian - I haven’t read any of this series’ books, but I’ve heard good things!

September 11, 2013 - 10:34 am

Jennifer Jensen - I haven’t read Jessica Darling novels before and only recently discovered them. Looking forward to reading them all! Thanks for the giveaway!!

September 11, 2013 - 1:48 am

Melissa @ Writer Grrl Reads - I’m TOTALLY going to pick this one up! My favourite Jessica was in the first two books, when she was silly and snarky — I found that she lost a bit of her snarkiness in the last couple of books. Plus, I like a good middle grade read now and then, so this one sounds just perfect!

September 10, 2013 - 11:07 pm

Amanda @ Late Nights with Good Books - I thought that the Jessica Darling series overall got a bit weaker as the series continued and Jessica got older. So with that logic, a story about an earlier Jessica should be good…I think? lol This sounds super cute and like a lot of fun, in all honesty. I regret the fact that I never really had a MG literary heroine. If I did, though, I can imagine Jessica being a fantastic one.

September 10, 2013 - 7:47 am

Maggie, Young Adult Anonymous - To my everlasting shame, I’ve only read the first Jessica Darling book. I KNOW! And I loved it so I don’t know why I haven’t read the others. Oh wait, Marcus Flutie. I can’t with his redheaded dreads!!

September 10, 2013 - 12:14 am

Bookworm1858 - If one has not read the Darling books, should one start with this book or read the original books first? I think I read Sloppy Firsts years ago and didn’t really connect with it but I want to give them a go again as someone who is far more up on YA lit now.

September 9, 2013 - 10:29 pm

Theresa M. - I love that Jessica, while being our protagonist and someone you want to see succeed, is a complicated, authentic individual that makes her easy to relate to, and I think most readers can see themselves in her.

September 9, 2013 - 11:58 am

Hazel @ Stay Bookish - I love love love Jessica Darling! Truth be told, I was a little disappointed that Megan McCafferty decided to do a prequel instead of another book that follows Perfect Fifths. Nonetheless, I cannot wait to explore and read about middle school Jessica! I’m glad she has kept her humor and spunk! Great review, Estelle! <3

September 9, 2013 - 11:50 am

Tammy - I got the free preview of this book on my kindle. It looks like a fun read.

Estelle: Counting by 7s by Holly Goldberg Sloan

Counting by 7s by Holly Goldberg Sloan ( web | tweet ) Publication Date: August 29, 2013 Publisher: Dial Pages: 384 Target audience: Middle grade Keywords: tragedy, family, adoption, young geniuses Format read: ARC from TLA. (Thanks!) Other book reviewed by author: I’ll Be There Summary: When her adoptive parents die in a car accident, […]

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August 28, 2013 - 8:12 pm

Bookworm1858 - I think this sounds exactly like the kind of book I love-with all the threads tying together at the end for a heartwarming story. I look forward to giving it a try!

August 28, 2013 - 4:11 pm

Lauren @ Love is not a triangle - I haven’t seen any reviews of this one, though I have a copy from BEA, so I’m really excited to read your thoughts. Love stories about odd characters. This girl sounds endearing and I can’t wait to meet her. I also love that she’s ‘adopted’ by people in her life that step up to care about her. And most of all, when you said this book “felt like a poetic masterpiece” I was sold! Thanks for this review!!

August 28, 2013 - 12:01 pm

Alexa Y. - I loved this one too! Willow is such a quirky main character, and I think Sloan pulls that off perfectly. She’s actually a character I found relatable, in spite of being very different from me. I think the story was also incredible, especially with how everything falls into place at the end. So good!

August 27, 2013 - 8:44 am

Jamie - So glad to see a favorable review from you because I was super excited for this one but have seen a few unfavorable reviews for it..something about the ending?

I loved I’ll Be There so I’m excited to jump back into her writing because it’s always so beautiful and vivid. I’ve been putting it off since seeing these reviews (does that ever happen to you? Put a book lower on the TBR bc of bad reviews?) but now I’m moving it back up!

August 27, 2013 - 6:02 am

VeganYANerds - So, so glad you liked this! I haven’t read Holly’s previous book (though I own it) and have heard so much about what an excellent author she is 🙂 Also, I love this cover!

August 26, 2013 - 11:34 pm

Jen - Eeep, I’m so excited to get my hands on this one! I love the sound of the plot for this one, and Willow seems like a really smart girl that I’d like. The character relationships in the story look like they are strong and special among each one. And tissues on hand? Shoot, girlie! Fabulous review, Estelle!

August 26, 2013 - 10:58 am

Brittany @ The Book Addict's Guide - Oh awesome! I have this one from BEA but haven’t read it yet. I’m glad to see such a good review from you! I always get scared with the books that look really good but I don’t really know much about. I definitely trust your reviews! 🙂

Estelle: A Summer of Sundays by Lindsay Eland

A Summer of Sundays by Lindsay Eland ( web | tweet ) Publication Date: July 9, 2013 Publisher: EgmontUSA Pages: 336 Target audience: Middle grade Keywords: summer, small town, library, book loving main character Format read: eBook from Publisher via NetGalley. (Thanks!) Summary: Sunday is used to feeling a little forgotten in a family of […]

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August 28, 2013 - 11:39 am

Alexa Y. - I still haven’t read this one, even though you totally told me it would be right up my alley. Based on your review, you’re probably right! I love Sunday already, and I haven’t even officially met her yet. Her character just seems really great, and I’d love to meet her, her family and the other quirky characters in this one. Plus, the story itself sounds very magical!

August 18, 2013 - 9:46 am

Bookworm1858 - Haha-my mom often calls my sister and me by the other’s name (sometimes I’m also called my dad’s name!)

I don’t remember seeing this book around but it sounds so cute. I love all the little things you share about this book and think it sounds perfect for this bookworm 🙂