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Twelve-year-old Esme’s life changes when she discovers dinosaur bones on her family’s peach farm in Texas.

Fans of Wendy Maas and Lynda Mullaly Hunt will love this perfectly pitched story about friendship, family, and loss from Suzanne Crowley, the acclaimed author of The Very Ordered Existence of Merilee Marvelous.

After her grandfather died from a heart attack while
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Hardcover, 352 pages
Published August 14th 2018 by Greenwillow Books
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Nargis  Kalani
"Sometimes you find what you don't want to find. Maybe it had nothing to do with Paps. Maybe it was something that had happened before. But a ghost?"

I would like to thank the author Suzanne Crowley from the bottom of my heart for sending me this book along with the bookish goodies. The book tour of Finding Esme was such a memorable one hosted by MLC tours on Instagram. I finished this book at the end of December and finally found the time to gather my thoughts to write the review.

This book is
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Laurie
Oct 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Interest Level: 5-8; Reading Level: 6.4

What would you do to help save your family home? Esme wants to help her grandmother save their home from foreclosure but she is only twelve and she doesn't know what else she can do beside helping make the honey. That is, until she finds some bones up on the hill. Esme's granddaddy died up on that hill months before and Esme feels closest to him when she is up there. After a hard rain, Esme finds something that she never expected - dinosaur bones. As she
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Jennifer
Feb 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Finding Esme is a family saga, mystery, and coming of age story spun from pure gold by author Suzanne Crowley. The fact it's written for children doesn't detract from the fact this is a brilliantly crafted story. Rich in language and voice, this book has everything you hope to find in a Southern Gothic novel. Bold colors and a taste for peaches and adventure flavor the cover design and immediately pull the reader in. A book is always judged by its cover, and in the case of Finding Esme, the ...more
Devanshi Sanghani
Mar 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Book Name: Finding Esme
Author: Suzanne Crowley
Publisher: Green willow books
Ratings: /5 .
Finding Esme has truly been an adventurous read. I absolutely loved this book and I am so happy to review it. Esme is a twelve year old kid who has special gift of finding things passed down onto her by her grandmother and their generations. Esme lives with her grandmother Bee, her small brother Bo and her mother June Rain on a peach farm in Hollis, Texas.
Esme discovers dinosaur bones on solace hill right
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stefiereads
Feb 10, 2019 rated it liked it
Finding Esme is a story that to me is unique. I don't want to giveaway much because it's better if you go on reading this book without knowing what it is about. I don't know how the author manage to put everything together. But it works and I enjoyed it :)
In the beginning, the book introduces different characters with unique names which to me, it's a little hard to follow. It took me a while until I get used to it. Also how the story is told sometimes make me feel like I lost the momentum of the
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Katie Reilley
Jan 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
Thank you to the author for sharing an ARC with our #bookexpedition group!

Twelve year old Esme lives with her family on a peach farm in Texas and has quite a bit on her shoulders. Her mom is struggling with her own mental health. Her dad is a wanderer and hasn’t been seen in a long while. Her relationship with her grandmother (who’s raising her) is strained. Having recently lost her Paps, who she was closest with, Esme often spends time on the hill near the tractor where his heart simply stopped
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Zayda (Babybibliophile)
Oct 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
Finding Esme by Suzanne Crowley was a heart-warming novel about family. I loved this book and recommend it for all ages.
A coming of age story, Finding Esme is also about finding purpose in life, and what your meant to do. I thought it was interesting how it was about dealing with loss and making hard choices even when there's a huge risk. Also finding happiness with so little, and how you don't always need big things to be happy.
Melati Lum
Nov 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Finding Esme is a sweet coming of age story that left me with an enveloping sense of nostalgia. The author delicately weaves a tale of loss and sadness, of growing up and letting go through the eyes of a girl on the brink of leaving childhood behind. This was a heart-warming and beautiful story set in small town USA that left me with a lingering sense of hope.
Julie Overpeck aka Mrs. O's Library
I like Esme. She’s fierce and loyal and wants so badly to be loved. The beginning of the story introduces a lot of characters with odd names, so a reader may benefit from a “cast of characters” bookmark for reference. Some loose ends in the story were left untied, but it works. Overall a good story that took me back home to Central Texas where there are indeed dinosaur bones to be found.
Kristin Crouch
Nov 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Collabookation thanks the author for providing a copy of Finding Esme for review.

In Finding Esme, Esme's family has the gift of finding and she's just realizing she shares that gift. True to the title, though, her most important find is herself and her voice.
Crowley paints the landscape of a Texas town and it's inhabitants in such a way that this lifelong Northeastener feels nostalgia for it. If you love Lisa Lewis Tyre's Hope in the Holler or Last In a Long Line of Rebels, Finding Esme
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Melanie Dulaney
4th-7th grade students who are looking for a realistic, sad-happy heartwarmer that isn’t terribly long will enjoy the story of Esme, her unusual family, loyal friend Finch, and her discovery of a complete dinosaur skeleton up on the hill where her grandfather died. The setting is a small, financially struggling town in north Texas likely during the 1950s or 60s. 12 year old Esme is hoping to grow into her tiny, not exactly typical physical features, and is beginning to realize that she may have ...more
Laney Nielson
Nov 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
FINDING ESME is a beautifully written, masterfully told story of a young girl who is mourning the loss of her grandfather. When Esme discovers dinosaur bones up on Solace Hill, she begins to uncover truths about her mother and her wandering father. Like her grandmother who is raising her, Esme is highly intuitive--a finder. The story that unfolds is deeply moving. The prose is exquisite.
Loriann
Jul 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Middle grade readers (8-13 years)
"Finding Esme" by Suzanne Crowley is a touching story about finding oneself in the crazy tangle of family. Following one's intuition is always the best heart to follow.
Michelle
Great quick read! Couldn't put it down, read it in one day! Would make a great read aloud for elementary/middle school classes.
Pretty Little Bibliophile
Mar 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I had honestly no idea that I would come to love this book so much! Finding Esme is truly a one of a kind middle-grade novel that I enjoyed delving into, as did my brother!
Speaking about the characters, the protagonist Esme is one I found to be utterly wonderful and dynamic in her own rights. She is so matured for a mere twelve-year old and while it awed me a lot, at times, I could not help but feel sad for she has lost quite a part of her childhood. As she so ardently asserts to her
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Leslie aka StoreyBook Reviews
Finding Esme is one of those books that you will want to take your time to enjoy and not rush through like a house on fire.

Esme is wise for her 12 years, and apparently, she was born this way. She definitely has not grown into her body yet, or maybe rather her body hasn't quite caught up with her intellect yet. She has big eyes, pale (translucent even) skin, a small mouth, and skinny legs. She calls herself unflattering names based on these attributes. This is heartbreaking, but realistic for
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Kath Lau
*Huge thanks to Ms. Suzanne for sending me a free copy. This did not affect my overall opinion of the book.

This book tells the story of Esme, a girl who shares a special gift with her grandmother. Both of them can find things and people. One day, Esme discovers dinosaur skeleton on their peach farm but decided to keep it a secret. She believes that finding the skeleton is her dead grandfather’s way of sending her a very important message.

I had to admit that it took quite some time for me to get
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hallie bertling
Dec 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
i won this colourful book in an instagram giveaway-- and after reading the first blurb, i knew i had to wait.
& i'm glad i did.
yesterday was the perfect time for me to read it.

it's a kid's version of sarah addison allen's "garden spells," in the best way.
as in, it's family tall tales, inspired by texas ghost stories, and full of all the magical realism i love love love in a book.

if it were made into a movie, it'd probably be PG because of some issues it deals with, but it's a young readers
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Christie
Sep 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
We read Finding Esme as a book club. I really enjoyed the story and characters; I almost wish there was a sequel to hear how life turns out for the characters.
Maegan
Jan 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
Charming middle grade book about Esme.
Laura
May 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
I bought this book because my partner was supposed to man the author's line at the North Texas Teen Book Festival. I usually buy the books of "our" authors because it's a great way to learn about new books and authors and it pushes me out of my reading comfort zone.

Over the past several years, I've (re)developed an interest in paleontology. This is a book that introduces children to paleontology, especially the richness of North Texas' paleontology. In addition, it brought in lots of folklore.
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Jess
Dec 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
I loved the characters in this book. They were well developed and the story kept me reading, trying to figure out the family mystery.
 Ananya thefoodandbooklife
I love reading Middle Grade books. They have a sense of purity that adult books sorely lack. I've been wanting to read Finding Esme ever since it was released and was over the moon when I got a chance to be a part of a blog tour organised by Magico Libro Casa.
The book begins with the description of Esme's family life. While you pity the little girl for the lack of parental love, you can't help but admire her grit. She seems to have inherited her willfulness from her grandmother along with her
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Rutuja Ramteke
Jul 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
Finding Esme By Suzanne Crowley
Twelve-year-old Esme’s life changes when she discovers dinosaur bones on her family’s peach farm in Texas.
After her grandfather died from a heart attack while driving his tractor on Solace Hill,twelve-year-old Esme's been inextricably drawn to that spot, although her grandmother warns her to stay away.
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The day I received this book, I picked it up without even letting a second go, it was my anticipated read for many reasons. Finding Esme is not just a book is a
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Karen
Sep 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A delightful story of in-betweens with quirky-endearing characters, a small-town Texas setting, and enough local mysteries to keep a young girl “busy as a bee.” As she mourns the sudden loss of her beloved grandfather, Esme McCauley explores new and murky territory, both within herself and on her (somewhat , shall we say, dysfunctional) family’s struggling peach farm. In some situations, she finds more than she bargained for but in others she begins to understand that not everything that’s lost ...more
Shari
Jul 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I love magical realism, and it seems to work well in stories set in the south, as in Finding Esme. 12 year old Esme’s life is both simple and complicated - she misses her Paps, who has recently died, and she struggles to connect with her mother, who has mental health problems, and her grandmother Bee, who is raising her. Her father is a wanderer, and Esme is conflicted about whether she wants him to come home, or stay away, since his comings and goings are hard on the whole family.
Without
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Cassie Thomas
Sep 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
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Finding Esme is a story of finding out who you are after a life of abandonment and then loss. Esme is raised by her grandparents and just lost her grandfather. Her father is a wanderer and never one to stick around for long. Her mother around but struggling with her own mental health issues. Esme is finding out her families magical secret all while uncovering dinosaur bones on land her family once owned. Is Esme’s secret a sign her grandfather is trying to tell her something? Is her family’s ...more
Susan
Aug 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
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Finding Esme #findingesme

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Thank you to @kidlitexchange for the review copy of this book. All opinions are my own.

Esme is twelve years old and lives on a peach farm in Texas with her stoic grandmother, her mother, who isn’t really aware of her or anything else, and her little brother. Until three years ago, her dad lived there, too, but then one day he simply said goodbye and never returned. Her grandpa also lived in their old farm
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Nancy
Jul 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I received the novel “Finding Esme” through an advanced reader’s edition giveaway. “Finding Esme” is a young adult novel geared towards students in the third through seventh grades. However, due to some of the themes, I would recommend this book be geared towards middle school students in the fifth through eighth grades. “Finding Esme” tells the story of a girl named Esme, her life after her grandfather’s death, and her discovery of hidden dinosaur bones in her very own backyard. Are they a ...more
Stacy
Jul 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Dinosaur bones. Unearthing the past to make sense of the present. An even-paced book that slowly builds layers upon layers that leads up to heartaches and bittersweet endings. Suzanne has done a magnificent job giving Esme, her family, and her town depth and a heap of realness.

There are many quiet moments, truths and wisdoms subtly written, but for me my favorite was Bee, Esme's grandmother. She reminded me of my own -- practical, hardworking, sturdy. Loved fiercely, but with actions, rarely
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Selected among Book Sense and Indie Next top picks, and Amazon and Bookbub Editor's Picks for Best Books, Suzanne writes novels that School Library Journal calls "amazing" and "poignant" and VOYA calls "heart-stirring" and "marvelous." Suzanne, the author of both middle grade and young adult fiction, is a wife, mother, a crafter of dollhouse miniatures, an avid traveler, dog hugger, nap expert, ...more
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“If it hadn't been for my little brother Bo and me chasing fireflies, I would've never discovered the bones up on Solace Hill.” 0 likes
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