You all know that I am constantly on the hunt for reading material for my tween daughter, who is a voracious reader. And you have totally stepped up to the plate to recommend books that your own girls have loved.
Well, I have one for you. Recently I was contacted by the children’s division of Tommy Nelson Publishing and asked to review the first book in a new series by K.D. McCrite.
I rarely do book reviews anymore, because it involves, you know, READING, and it is difficult to confine me to any one place for any length of time so that I can actually enjoy a book. But since this book was geared to the middle school aged sect of the female persuasion, I really couldn’t pass it up.
I had a decision to make. I could have handed “The Confessions of April Grace: In Front of God and Everybody” over to Emme, and then waited for her to finish, and hope she would share with me what she did or didn’t like about the book. Instead I opted to use it as a read aloud at bedtime.
Remember, this is the kid that declared “Diary of a Wimpy Kid” the best movie she’s ever seen.
So her taste cannot be trusted at this point.
A long time ago, I began the tradition of reading aloud to my children at bedtime. It can be a challenge to find books that all 3 children will enjoy. I truly thought I would lose Jensen altogether while “Confessions of April Grace” was on the read-aloud menu.
I was wrong.
All three children sat enraptured while I read. Except of course when a certain 6 year old spontaneously falls off of the couch, as he is wont to do.
“Confessions of April Grace” is about a spunky 11 year old who lives with her family in the Ozarks. The story is sprinkled with quirky characters that come to life through April Grace’s detailed observations of all that goes on around her.
This book was laugh out loud funny, and it was a wonderful book to read aloud, because the dialogue was wonderfully crafted as we had insight into not only what April Grace was thinking at any given minute, but were also treated to the banter between these well thought out characters.
My favorite exchanges were between April Grace and Isabel St. James, the snooty and not so welcomed house guest that she was forced to endure.
As I read aloud to my children, I was a little dismayed at the sibling bickering that went on between April and her sister, Myra Sue. Which hit a little too close to home.
And reason #245 why I look forward to my old age when Fiddledaddy and I will enjoy being chauffeured around by our children, as we sit in the back seat and bicker to our hearts content.
However, my concerns were alleviated by the end of the book, when all characters came together in a united goal of gathering the wagons around a beloved family member. I was cheering out loud.
Not only was the book entertaining, but there were wonderful messages about character. Which is something that I desperately want to find in any reading material I give to my children.
I found the book to be very uplifting, and I understand that a sequel will be released in December. My children very much look forward to the continuing adventures of April Grace. And so do I.
If you’d like to win your own copy of “Confessions of April Grace: In Front of God and Everybody”, all you have to do is leave a comment on this post answering the following question:
When you were growing up, what adult in your life would have made for the best character in a book?
(For me, it would have been my great Aunt Annie, who buried her second husband next to her first, to save a little money.)
A couple of little rules:
- One entry per person.
- This giveaway is open to U.S. residents age 18 or over.
- Winners will be selected via random draw, and will be notified by e-mail.
- You have 48 hours to get back to me, otherwise a new winner will be selected.
I will keep comments open until Saturday, July 9th, at 9:00 PM, EST.
This post was written for Tommy Nelson Publishing, who provided me the book for review purposes. The honest opinion expressed in this post is my own.
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