This was a great book--a light-hearted but realistic look at growing up.
This book is a prequel to Myracle's popular Winnie Perry series that so far ha...moreThis was a great book--a light-hearted but realistic look at growing up.
This book is a prequel to Myracle's popular Winnie Perry series that so far has included Eleven, Twelve, Thirteen, and Thirteen plus One, and fans of this series will be delighted with this addition.
Winnie is a self-described "unique" girl who finds herself at times unsure whether she should work harder to fit in and be less of a "goofball." Her goofiness adds a lot of humor and I found myself laughing out loud (loudly!) several times. Other main characters include her older and wiser sister, her sometimes annoying little brother, her (most of the time) best friend, and even a few boys. Although Winnie staunchly refuses to choose a crush as her friends are doing, she does have a few moments of wordlessness at camp when she meets an amazingly cute boy.
She also works through issues of how best friendships can change and mature, as well as a classmate who has a pattern of bullying.
Highly recommended to mid-grade girls who enjoy realistic fiction.(less)
This book was so much better than I expected. I've read Carter's Spy trilogy and enjoyed them, so I was expecting this book to be similar. It was some...moreThis book was so much better than I expected. I've read Carter's Spy trilogy and enjoyed them, so I was expecting this book to be similar. It was somewhat similar in tone, but the writing was much more polished, the characters more interesting, and the settings more varied (all across the world). It felt a little like reading a teenage girl's version of the movie Ocean's 11, and a little like reading a hard-boiled detective novel.
Kat, the main character, is a student at an exclusive boarding school when the novel opens. It later turns out that she is from a family of art thieves, and getting into the school was her most elaborate "heist." She leaves school and returns to the family business when her father gets in trouble. The bulk of the book follows her as she leads a team of young thieves around the world trying to re-steal some stolen paintings.
With enough twists and turns to suit many adventure/mystery readers, and enough cute boys to suit many romance readers, this book should find wide appeal.
I believe it would qualify for our rated-PG list as well, although the tone of this book is more grown-up than the Spy books.(less)
Thoroughly enjoyable. Highly recommended for tweens, teens, and adults who enjoy reading books set against the same backdrop as Pride and Prejudice. S...moreThoroughly enjoyable. Highly recommended for tweens, teens, and adults who enjoy reading books set against the same backdrop as Pride and Prejudice. Similar to the Luxe books, but less scandal.(less)