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Finding Esme

4.11  ·  Rating details ·  163 ratings  ·  71 reviews
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 drivin
Hardcover, 352 pages
Published August 14th 2018 by Greenwillow Books (first published August 2018)
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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
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 insi ...more
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 be
Vanessa (ve_xo)
Jan 26, 2021 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: middle graders, older elementary school kids
Super grateful to the author for gifting me a copy of this lovely book! It was such a refreshing read. It's been a long time since I read something in the middle grade spectrum.

I absolutely loved Esme! Such a curious and witty girl. It was great to see her bring out the Nancy Drew in her. Perfect for young kids that are trying to find themselves. This is definitely a great book to present in a middle grade environment where kids are just learning about full independent actions and building up c
Thais • tata.lifepages •
Jan 26, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Finding Esme was an unexpected delightful read. The story is very character driven which I absolutely love. Esme might be a tiny 12 year old girl who just doesn't seem to grow but she is also such a headstrong and smart young person. Some of my other favorite characters were her sweet and adorable little brother Bo and her bestfriend Finch.

I love the way that the author writes, giving us bits and pieces of clues as Esme uncovers not only a huge secret on the hill of her farm, but also family sec
Jan 18, 2021 rated it really liked it
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.

Well goodness, what an absolutely precious, heart-warming book. Not without its moments of heartache as well, Finding Esme was such a joy to read. On a personal note, I loved that the book was set in Texas and if I still lived in Texas and taught 6th grade English, I'd absolutely add this to my classroom library...and possibly try to work it into my curriculum. Find
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 f
Jun 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Finding Esme is one of those stories that makes you wanna devour each and every word of. Which means, you read it at a slower pace and while doing that there a special connection developing between you and the characters of this book. That’s what happened to me, all the mystery kept nagging at my neck to read the book in one sitting but I took my time appreciating all the happenings. With every page I read, I grew more and more fond of the sweet and simple village life in Texas. Everything about ...more
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
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 ri
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
Zayda Love (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.
Kristine Hall
AUDIO BOOK REVIEW: FINDING ESME, though geared for a middle grade audience (and appropriately so), has MUCH to love for all ages because of the timeless themes and struggles that define what it is to be human. Those elements, coupled with characters who come from basically the same molds of people found everywhere, in every small town, give the book universal appeal. FINDING ESME is a lot of things including a subtle mystery but also an exploration of grief, poverty, disappointment, and identity ...more
Jan 12, 2021 rated it really liked it
Thank you so much to the author for sending me her book and collaborating with me!

Finding Esme is a middle grade book about a girl named Esme who stumbled upon dinosaur bones close to where her grandfather died a few months ago. Believing this to be a sign from her grandfather, Esme takes great interest in the bones as a way to cope with loss and abandonment. Not only did she lose her grandfather, but her father has been out of her life for three years. Her mother is there but absent in every me
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.
Belle Whittington
Finding Esme by Suzanne Crowley

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Well, my goodness, y’all! Here I am, again, with a review that’s sure to knock your socks off!
“How do you know it’ll knock my socks off?” you ask, whilst reading the above sentence.
“Because this book knocked my socks all the way into last month, that’s how, you sassy thang!” I reply, as I continue to type this here review.
Oh, this book … y’all … this book took me all the way back to my childhood in a way that
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 captur
Feb 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Audio Bookreview

Can a book make you smell peaches? I know I literally did not have peaches in my car as I was listening to this audiobook, but peaches give me a warm, at-home feeling and this audiobook made me smell peaches. That is the brilliance of Finding Esme.

I was not quite sure what to expect of Finding Esme, by author Suzanne Crowley. What transpired in the span of two trips to my work site was the world of Esme McCauley and all her meaningful discoveries, especially the one on Solace Hil
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
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 title
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.
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. ...more
Great quick read! Couldn't put it down, read it in one day! Would make a great read aloud for elementary/middle school classes. ...more
Pretty Little Bibliophile
Mar 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: mg-fantasy
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 grandmother
Maria Elena | _mkarys
That feeling when you close a book with a smile on your face and sigh.

Finding Esme was a wonderful gem of a book. I admit, it’s not my usual read, but I enjoyed every page. The author’s writing style flows beautifully onto the page. She truly captured Esme’s essence with her actions, thoughts and narration. I found myself relating with her so much—not with the events in her life, but in the way she thinks. I saw myself at twelve.

This book was very character driven. The bonds of family and frien
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
Belles Middle Grade Library
Oct 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing
When I picked this up yesterday I was at almost 25%-page 85. I finished the rest in that 1 sitting last night. I adored this book! So amazing! I read the whole book w/a country twang in my head lol it was written perfectly to where that’s exactly how I heard the characters. Esme was such an amazing kid. She had already been through so much in her young life. She was so feisty, sassy, smart, brave, & tough. Because of that, people seemed to forget that she was still just a 12 year old girl, & nee ...more
Avanlea Cary
Dec 29, 2020 rated it liked it
So I read this book with my two younger sisters. They are currently still reading it though. Before I get into about what I liked about the story I first want to mention a few issues. I noticed a few editing mistakes like “Ran” instead of “Rain” which was part of a characters name. There were also extra spaces added in areas that shouldn’t have had extra spaces.

The first 70 pages are confusing and slow. Now that I’ve read the whole book I still don’t know who some of the characters were. The au
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.
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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, an ...more

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