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4.42  ·  Rating details ·  180 ratings  ·  77 reviews
From acclaimed author Kate Messner comes the powerful story of a young girl with the courage to make her voice heard, set against the backdrop of a summertime mystery.

When Mia moves to Vermont the summer after seventh grade, she's recovering from the broken arm she got falling off a balance beam. And packed away in the moving boxes under her clothes and gymnastics trophies
Hardcover, 240 pages
Published February 4th 2020 by Bloomsbury Children's Books
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Laurie Anderson
I love this book for its honesty, heart and tenderness. Keep your eye open for this one!
Mandy Stallard
Jul 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: bookposse
Mia has just moved back to Vermont from Boston. She and her parents want to be closer to her grandmother who suffered a stroke a few months ago. Mia is really excited to be able to help her grandmother with her cricket farm. Unfortunately, things seem to be going mysteriously wrong left and right at the farm. Mia's grandmother suspects that someone is trying to sabotage the farm so she will be forced to sell it, but so far, there is no way to prove her theory.

Per her mother, Mia has to pick two
Aug 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: kids
This is a must-read for everyone who’s ever had their voice quieted, everyone who’s gotten an icky feeling from someone, everyone who’s struggled to speak up. Thank you Kate Messner for CHIRP. It’s going to inspire so many conversations! ...more
Melanie Dulaney
Due to a truly horrible digital ARC, I stopped trying to read this one. I think it will be a good middle grades choice for those that like a come back story with heart and a little mystery. With Kate Messner being the author, it’s a safe bet that it will be!
Dec 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Kate Messner is a master at writing for tweens because, just as kids don’t have a single identity, neither do the books she writes for them. She can write about a heavy, important topic without it feeling burdensome, because that isn’t the book’s only identity. Chirp is an incredibly relevant, sensitive, courageous book that takes on the complex topic of sexual abuse and harassment. I absolutely love the gentle and appropriate way that she handles this topic - with respect for her readers, and ...more
Oct 29, 2019 rated it liked it
The fact that male crickets chirp while female crickets are silent provides an intriguing basis for a book on the #MeToo movement. It’s disappointing, then, that this clever premise receives a one-note execution. I know I am daring to find fault with a book about #MeToo but before I’m drummed out librarianship, note that my comments are on a book, not a movement.

The writing is excellent; Mia’s voice rings true and her anguish is heartfelt and relateable enough to encourage young women to speak
Jan 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: childrens
A story about speaking up- mostly when an older person does something that makes you feel "icky". This book does a great job of weaving a fun mystery with this serious topic together.

Mia used to be a gymnast, until the "accident". Now she doesn't even want to think about gymnastics and is instead focusing on helping at her grandmother's grasshopper farm. Strange things are happening that could ruin her grandmother's business.

Messner masterfully balances the plot of the mystery, Mia's struggles
Jen Petro-Roy
Jul 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: middle-grade, arc, ebook, 2019
I’m continually in awe of how Kate weaves together entertainment, education, and serious issues into a fabulous story.
Bonnie Grover
Aug 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
“Sometimes courage is quiet. Sometimes getting up in the morning and being you, is the bravest most defiant thing a woman can do.” I really wasn’t expecting this middle grade novel to be anything more than friends spending the summer having fun with a little bit of mystery mixed in. While it is friendship and family, it is much more. It is overcoming your own fears, getting back in the ring, and speaking up when things don’t feel quite right. I think this book is going to open up a lot of ...more
Raven Black
Nov 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
Age appropriate (10-14). Heavy subjects but presented respectfully and accessible to all readers. A few bumps in plot for me, but overall decent and what you expect from the author.
Ms. Yingling
Nov 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
E ARC provided by Edelweiss Plus

Mia's family moves from Boston back to Vermont, and she's happy to be back near her grandmother, who has a business raising crickets to sell for food. Her parents are both busy, so they make Mia go to two summer camps-- one is Launch camp, which she hopes will help with her grandmother's business, and the other is Warrior Camp, which Mia is glad is NOT gymnastics, since she had a troubling experience in Boston and is also recovering from a badly broken arm. Things
Pam  Page
Oct 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Kate Messner has an uncanny sense of what kids need and how to reach them through books. When a book ends, and I'm sad to say goodbye to the characters, I know it was a good one! This is true with Chirp, a book that includes a cricket farm, an aging parent, and a girl carrying a serious secret.
Oct 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
All around fun read I would recommend to any middle grade reader. In Chirp, Messner has done an excellent job of combining science, emotional growth, and mystery in the life of one very likable character named Mia.
Chirp by Kate Messner
Never in my life have a read a middle-grade book as important as this one. Messner has made something so powerful and special to young readers in the #Metoo movement. Her writing is bold, courageous and the story is simply unforgettable.

Mia has been a gymnast for a long time but after breaking her arm by falling off the beam she finds it's the perfect excuse to pack away her leotards and trophies. It's the summer after seventh grade and Mia is recovering from her broken arm
Cassie Thomas
Dec 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Honest and courageous. Kate has written a story that is timely in its nature, and something I am so grateful is out in the middle grade world. What a profound story wrapped up in good hearted friendship and fun mystery as well. I can’t wait to share with students.
Kathryn Fletcher
Jan 31, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This book has layers of plot lines, and I love it!

First, Mia and her family just moved to live near her grandmother, who owns a cricket farm. Yes, a cricket farm. To make food with them. Barbecue crickets. Maple crickets. and more! Mia and her grandmother are really close, so when she learns that Gram’s farm is in danger of closing down due to sabotage and lack of funding, Mia knows she has to do something.

Layer one: Who is sabotaging the farm? Mia and two friends go all Nancy Drew to
Jan 26, 2020 rated it really liked it
After several years away, Mia and her family are moving back to her hometown to be closer to her grandmother as she recovers from a stroke and prepares to sell her business. At least, that's what they thought the plan was. In reality, Gram has no intention of selling her cricket farm, not if she can help it. Despite the fact that Mia would prefer to spend her summer just helping Gram at the farm, Mia's mother insists she join a couple camps to keep busy. Mia begrudgingly enrolls in Launch Camp, ...more
Feb 02, 2020 rated it really liked it
Mia has moved back to Vermont from Boston. It's the beginning of summer which is not the best time to make new friends but her grandmother lives in town, and her mother makes her sign up for a couple of summer camps. Everyone assumes she'll sign up for gymnastics camp. But she's's done with gymnastics. After breaking her arm badly last year, requiring surgery, she's finished. Plus, there was her creepy assistant coach she'd rather forget.

So instead she signs up for a Makers camp that's
Paul Warner
Jan 20, 2020 rated it really liked it
This is a very VERY good book, and an important book, I recommend especially for kids in upper elementary and middle school, but really for all kids, and I wish this book was around when my daughter and son (now both in college) were I'd say in about the 4th-7th grade so we could read it together and discuss it.

The fun part of the book that all kids will love is the kids in the story coming up with great marketing ideas to promote the eating of crickets (Entomophagy is a real thing they'd love
Shaye Miller
Feb 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc, netgalley
Mia’s family is moving to Vermont at the end of her 7th grade year where she'll be closer to her aging grandmother who runs a cricket farm. Once an accomplished gymnast, Mia isn’t sure where her new interests lie now that she is healing from a balance beam injury (which required surgery on her arm). So she agrees to attend two summer camp opportunities in her new city — launch camp (a maker space for kids) and Warrior camp. At the maker space camp she makes a new set of friends and builds a team ...more
Kate Waggoner
Dec 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2019-read
Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher, Bloomsbury Children's Books, for sharing an advance copy of Chirp by Kate Messner with me. All opinions are my own. This book will be released in February 2020.

During the summer after 7th grade, Mia moves back to Vermont so her parents can help her grandma with her cricket farm (though Mia's mom believes her grandma should sell the business, so she can relax). Mia's mom makes her choose two summer camps to enroll in, one for her mind and one for her
Jennifer Hottinger
Jan 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: middle-school
I am so grateful to have received an ARC of Chirp by Kate Messner from Netgalley. Kate Messner is one of the gurus of teaching ELA that I respect, follow, and incorporate her ideas into my lessons. Her summer writing camp for teachers encourages us as educators to explore our own writing and try new techniques.

Chirp is an amazing and touching story of Mia, who is struggling with secrets and hurt. Mia spends the summer in Vermont at her Gram’s cricket farm. She hopes to rest and snack her summer
Dec 26, 2019 rated it it was ok
Thank you NetGalley and Bloomsbury USA Children's Books for a digital copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

From acclaimed author Kate Messner comes the powerful story of a young girl with the courage to make her voice heard, set against the backdrop of a summertime mystery.

When Mia moves to Vermont the summer after seventh grade, she's recovering from the broken arm she got falling off a balance beam. And packed away in the moving boxes under her clothes and gymnastics
I had the opportunity to read a NetGalley digital ARC of this middle grade novel in exchange for a review. Young readers will have a lot of fun accompanying Mia on her quest to help her grandmother’s cricket farm become successful. Mia and her family have moved back to Vermont because Mia’s entomologist grandmother has recently suffered a stroke and Mia’s parents want to help her recover. But there seems to be a lot of misfortune with the cricket farm and Mia’s grandmother believes that someone ...more
Andrea Doyon
Jan 29, 2020 rated it really liked it
Sometimes courage is quiet.

Kate Messner's newest novel follows Mia, a seventh grade girl who has recently moved back to Vermont after living in Boston. She is anxious about the new situation, understandably, being at such a crucial juncture in her life. Once a bit of a gymnastic phenom, she's recovering from a bad broken bone and is hesitant to get back into the sport. Forced into summer camps by her parents, she ends up meeting new friend, Clover. As the two girls become more comfortable with
Gabrielle Stoller
When this book showed up on my desk as a hold fulfillment, I was shocked. What was it about? I didn't even recall ordering it. However, when I saw who had endorsed it (Laurie Halse Anderson in particular) I knew I had to try it.

Admittedly, I skimmed elements I didn't care about too much. The story was about a girl named Mia whose family has moved--and now she lives really close to her grandmother and her cricket farm. Yes, a cricket farm. I have never read a book that takes place in a cricket
Nov 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2019
“All summer she’d been hoping she might find her way back to that girl in the picture, but she’d been thinking about it all wrong. It wasn’t about finding her way back.…She’d have to find her way forward.” (226-227)

Mia had been the type of girl that jumped off high rocks into the water, aiming for the Olympics in gymnastics, fearlessly trying new things. And then something happened that made her lose her voice, her confidence, her courage.

When her family moves back from Boston back to Vermont,
Denese Anderson
Jan 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I was so excited to see a new book by Kate Messner! Chirp is about a girl named Mia who is excited to move back to Vermont to be closer to her grandmother. Upon arriving, her parents convince her to participate in a summer Launch Camp (for entrepreneurs) and a Warrior Camp. Mia meets new friends in the Launch Camp and decides to use it to help her grandma with the cricket farm that she owns. However, the Warrior Camp is more of a challenge for Mia because of a bad gymnastics fall she had ...more
Give me more books about the new dawn of insects as protein-packed food of the future to save our planet and how appetizing they can truly be. Plus the feels of Vermont atmosphere that Messner does well and feels, well, close to home.

This is a tried-and-true middle grade novel in which the main character is helping on the grandmother's cricket farm, one meant to raise thousands if not millions of crickets to supply for eating. There includes a Shark Tank-like competition on business and
PinkAmy loves books, cats and naps
I still have tears in my eyes since finishing CHIRP.

Mia is thrilled to move home to Vermont and away from her creepy gymnastics coach in Boston. Back in Vermont, her grandmother suspects her cricket farm is being sabotaged and Mia is determined to find the culprit. Along with two new friends, she sets out to solve the mystery and help her grandmother grow the farm which grew crickets as sustainable protein.

CHIRP has all the components of a great Middle Grade book, strong characters, a good
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Kate Messner is an award-winning author, TED 2012 speaker, and former middle school English teacher. Her books for kids include THE BRILLIANT FALL OF GIANNA Z.,SUGAR AND ICE, and EYE OF THE STORM (Walker/Bloomsbury Dec. 2010) the MARTY MCGUIRE series (Scholastic), SEA MONSTER'S FIRST DAY, and OVER AND UNDER THE SNOW (Chronicle, Books). Kate also wrote SPITFIRE and CHAMPLAIN AND THE SILENT ONE, ...more
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