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The Wondrous World of Violet Barnaby

(Izzy Malone #2)

4.34  ·  Rating details ·  82 ratings  ·  27 reviews
Violet Barnaby searches for the joy in life after losing her mother in this sweet and funny follow-up to The Charming Life of Izzy Malone.

Violet Barnaby is a having a blue Christmas. She’s still grieving the loss of her mother, and to make things worse, her dad has just married Melanie Harmer, a.k.a. the meanest teacher at Dandelion Hollow Middle School. But on the day Vio
Paperback, 272 pages
Published September 19th 2017 by Aladdin
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"I guess Gray Christmas actually hasn't been as gray as I thought it would be. I guess in some ways, it's been wondrous."

Another wonderful book by Jenny Lundquist! I read The Charming Life of Izzy Malone last month and absolutely loved it, and the sequel is just as wonderful.

This time, we're focused on Izzy's friend, Violet, who's dealing with the loss of her mom and struggling to fit into the new family, after her dad re-married. This second boo
Gulshan Naqvee
Apr 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Once again the book theme revolved death of a parent, new family ties and new half siblings. The attitude of Violet and her anguish in some parts was truly understandable. Her loyalty to friends is what I loved the most and the way she treats her father from the very beginning. Loved the book in all its parts. Very wholesome read.
Jessica Taylor
Feb 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I adore Jenny's books, and I can't wait to get my hands on this one - what an amazing title! Hurry up, fall 2017! ...more
Amanda Clark
Sep 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: done
The book The Wondrous world of Violet Barnaby was about this girl named Violet. Her mom died from cancer and since then Violet and her dad have been really upset and just now getting used to being alone without Violets mom. Then one day Violets dad and Melanie a teacher at Violets school, ( who the students call the hammerhead) got engaged. Violet did not want this to happen. When it was moving day Violet was making sure they had gotten everything out of the house but when she went and checked h ...more
Jun 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing

I loved this book! It was similiar in feel to its predecessor, but so different—though connected, it could easily be a standalone. I loved Violet; she was such a fantastic protagonist and so relatable, too. We so easily see the world through her eyes and understand her and why she does the things she does. We groan when she makes mistakes, but we understand why, too. We laugh with her, we cry with her, and we love her.

I loved seeing her interactions with the Charm Girls, and loved the friendshi
Oct 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Thank you @kidlitexchange for providing me with a copy of this book to read and review. All opinions are my own.

Jenny Lundquist just hit it out of the park with this sequel. I adored Izzy Malone, but I fell in love with Violet Barnaby. Her emotions were raw, heartbreaking and incredibly relatable.

At the end of the first book, we learned that Violet’s dad was remarrying. This book picks up right where that left off. We watch Violet deal with moving, adjusting to a new stepfamily and struggling
Nancy Luebke
Nov 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I enjoyed this middle school read. I voluntarily chose to review it. This was a fun, a little bit wacky of a girl who lost her mother when she was young. My granddaughters enjoy this author and this is a second in a series. This addresses a lot of tough issues and I wanted to expand the reading of my grandchildren. This is wonderful for this age group.
Thank you to the #kidlitexchange and author Jenny Lundquist for allowing me to read a copy of this book in return for my honest review. All opinions are my own.

I adored this book. Violet pulls at your heart strings and I wanted to keep reading about Violet and her friends. I fully enjoyed The Charming Life of Izzy Malone, but this one was even better. In the first book we learned that Violet's mother died a little more than a year ago from cancer. So while Izzy was trying to find herself in the
Jan 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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"When someone you love dies, no one tells you that you've lost more than just that person. You've lost a lifetime of memories that won't get made. You've lost a lifetime of getting to hear that person's voice..." -Violet Barnaby

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📝Violet is dealing with the loss of her mother who died of cancer. And it's going to be her second Christmas with out her but her first with "The Hammer"
Ms. Yingling
Jun 11, 2017 rated it liked it
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Violet's mother died of cancer a year and a half ago, and her father has just married one of the teachers in her school, Melanie aka The Hammer. Over Thanksgiving, Violet has to move out of her house and into another one with Melanie and her two children, Olivia and Joey. Melanie seems like the typical evil stepmother-- she won't let Violet paint her room, she has put all of the Barnaby's possessions in the garage, and she keeps "forgetting" that Violet is
Jo-ann Walsh
Apr 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Thank you to @kidlitexchange for the copy of The Wondrous World of Violet Barnaby to review. This is a companion to The Charming Life of Izzy Malone.
After reading The Charming Life of Izzy Malone, I was anxious to read on and learn more about Violet’s life and what happened with the “Charm Girls.” Violet Barnaby has not had it easy. She lost her mother to cancer, and now her dad has gotten remarried to an English teacher at her school (Melanie Harmer, aka the Hammer). Vi
I would've enjoyed this significantly more if the onus for adjusting to the loss of her mother and being thrown into a new family and a new home hadn't been almost exclusively on Violet. None of the adults in her life—her father, her new stepmother, even her guidance counselor—seem to think they bear any responsibility for addressing her grief or uncertainty or anger or frustration.

When she finally explodes with all the harsh words she's been holding inside, instead of sitting down and talking
Janelle Hackbarth
Oct 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
To thank an author for following me on one of my social medias, I decided to read one of her books to review and picked up this one at the library.

It's a sequel to a previous book she's written (though I didn't read that one). It's about a girl who's celebrating Christmas for the first time with her new stepfamily, and finds a Christmas to-do list that her late mother wrote to her (and her dad forgot to give her the previous year; the first Christmas without her mom).

The story seemed realistic.
Jessica Dudenhofer Beery
How does grieving the loss of a loved one fit into the joys of the holiday seasons? How do you be a friend to someone who needs to talk, but doesn't? These are some tough, real-life challenges...with no easy answers.
I thought the author did a great job telling the story of a middle-school girl adjusting to a new step family while still grieving the loss of her mother a little more than a year earlier...and how her friends/family try to be there for her. But will she let them? And, wait...maybe t
Nov 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing
My daughter and I loved reading this book together. We laughed over many scenes and never wanted to put the book down. I cried many times over the scenes discussing her losing her mom a.k.a. the Terrible Beautiful Ache. I loved how the author talked about how people say they want you to be honest yet they really don't want to hear the ugly inside of you most of the time and how to navigate that issue. So many great things to discuss with my daughter regarding friendship, honesty and life changes ...more
Stephanie Faris
Sep 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing
The star of The Wondrous World of Violet Barnaby is Violet, a sixth grader who is celebrating her second Christmas without her mother. Weeks before the holiday, she finds a letter her mom wrote before she died, which included a list of tasks Violet should complete during the holiday season. But Violet's father has remarried and she's dealing with the challenges of integrating into a stepfamily, as well as her first crush on a boy her friend used to like. You'll fall in love with Violet and love ...more
Eve Culley
Sep 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: children
Ms. Lundquist is an author who draws you into her written world with ease. I cried my way through a lot of the pages, especially the letters that Violet wrote to her deceased mother. The pain of adjusting to life without her mother is gently and painstakingly shared with the reader. The meshing of two families becoming one is given voice by the members of the new family unit. I would heartily recommend this book to everyone.

Dec 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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Tear jerker
May 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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Wonderfully real and moving! A real gem!
Sep 08, 2018 rated it really liked it
Loved it!
Oct 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This book had such a consistent voice like The Charming Life of Izzy Malone did, yet still unique to Violet and her life. Such heart within!
Melissa Mcavoy
I liked the characters of Daisy and Sophia and hope they are each slated for a book of their own.
Feb 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
4.5 - a delight! Loved spending more time with the Charm Girls. I really connected to Violet’s story. Lovely.
Greta Turnbull
Oct 04, 2017 rated it really liked it
I personally did not read this, I entered the contest for my daughter. She told me that she really enjoyed reading this book.
Jenny Lundquist
May 23, 2017 added it  ·  (Review from the author)
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Jenny Lundquist grew up in Huntington Beach, California, wearing glasses and wishing they had magic powers. They didn't, but they did help her earn a degree in intercultural studies at Biola University. Jenny has painted an orphanage in Mexico, taught English at a university in Russia, and hopes one day to write a book at a café in Paris. Jenny and her husband live in northern California with thei ...more

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