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After Grace's mom died, she and her dad grew extra close. They have special nicknames and are always busy with new projects-like building a puppy condo for their dog, Potus- and they love learning random facts about the US presidents. Grace thinks her little family of two is perfect.

Then some committee members at church suggest it's time for Dad to start dating again. And
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Published June 16th 2020 by Random House
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Darla
Jun 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Grace and her dad (Davy) have been Team Gravy since the tragic loss of her mother. Her dad is the pastor of their Baptist church and the mother hens at church have been clucking about a new wife for the pastor. Does her dad really want to date or is he just humoring the church ladies? If there is to be a stepmom, what will that mean for Team Gravy? Could they become team Groovy (Grace + Olivia - the beloved history teacher + Davy)? Like Bernice Buttman, Grace is a regular girl who makes mistakes ...more
Ms. Yingling
Mar 16, 2020 rated it really liked it
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Grace and her father are doing as well as can be expected after the death of her mother three years ago; they are now Team Gravy (Grace and Davy). Her father is a pastor at a local church, and his parishioners bring up that it's not good for him to be alone and that he should start dating. Grace thinks this is ludicrous, but her father sees some merit in it. Along with her friend Bea, Grace decides to sabotage her father's dating efforts. Bea has her own problems-
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Grace and her dad (Davy) have been Team Gravy since the tragic loss of her mother. Her dad is the pastor of their Baptist church and the mother hens at church have been clucking about a new wife for the pastor. Does her dad really want to date or is he just humoring the church ladies? If there is to be a stepmom, what will that mean for Team Gravy? Could they become team Groovy (Grace + Olivia - the beloved history teacher + Davy)? Like Bernice Buttman, Grace is a regular girl who makes mistakes ...more
Anitalia Payne
“Team Gravy to Team Groovy”

I absolutely LOVED this book. An uplifting story between father and daughter (Davy and Grace), where two of them wanted to have a complete family again and moved on from their life since the mother passed away. It such an honest feeling of a sixth grader point of view where Grace didn’t want another woman to entered their perfect life as a team. Grace knew she couldn’t do anything except sabotaged the father’s dating moments. Not to mention the daughter’s best friend,
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Cassie Thomas
Jun 01, 2020 rated it really liked it
Grace and her dad have since become Team Gravy since losing her mom. Grace starts to realize the talk of the small town church life is now finding her dad a new wife and Grace sets out to sabotage (Operation Stepmom Shake Up) any of those opportunities. Through the story Grace’s quirkiness and love for history (presidents to be more specific) lead her AND her dad exactly in the direction they should go. Such a feel good story for those kiddos looking for a happy ending; specifically after either ...more
Leah Lambart
Aug 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Fun and yet emotionally compelling story. Bringing a new person into your family is a huge challenge. This story explores what that means and what family means to people.
Arianne Costner
Jun 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing
CANNOT EMPHASIZE ENOUGH HOW MUCH I LOVED THIS. I read it all in one day, smiling and cackling throughout the whole thing. Perfect mood-lifter

Grace’s mom died three years earlier, and she and her dad (who is also a preacher) are extremely close. When her dad starts dating again (egged on by some elderly women from church,) Grace starts sabotaging his dates (Squawking robochicken. Gas-inducing picnics. etc.) Halfway through, it turns more into a parent trap situation where Grace is trying to engin
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Heather
May 22, 2020 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Grace and her pastor dad Davy have adjusted to life without her mom and make a great team--Team Gravy. However, when two meddling gossips from his church tell Pastor Davy that he needs to begin dating again, Grace decides that she will make sure that the team stays in tact, without any additions to it--or one that she chooses herself.

Readers are likely to enjoy Grace's antics, but that may be all. The characters in this book feel like two-dimensional, flat stereotypes, and the plot feels forced
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Jess
Jun 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalley, 2020
Another solid win thanks to Netgalley and Random House!!! I originally requested this book because I thought if it was good I would share it with my daughter as well. It definitely did not disappoint. Here are some of the things that I really loved:
-Dad jokes and puns (These are a favorite for me)
-A single dad and daughter duo with a strong relationship (I don't often read books with this perspective)
-Faith being prominently featured (For some this may not be as important, but I love putting boo
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Caitlyn
Aug 03, 2020 rated it really liked it
Major parent trap vibes
Erin
Aug 17, 2020 rated it did not like it
So, um, this book has some really problematic content. The main character’s father is minister at a church. He decides to start dating and dates (and rejects, apparently) multiple women from his church. Fun fact: that is wildly unethical!

I got to see this sort of thing play out in my own church. It is pastoral misconduct to have a minister mining his own congregation to fulfill his own romantic and sexual needs. And yes, I am going to rant about it. It’s bad, folks. Really bad. It can, in fact,
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Kate Waggoner
Apr 30, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2020-read
Thank you to #NetGalley and Random House Children's Publishing for allowing me the opportunity to read a digital ARC of The Stepmom Shake-Up by Niki Lenz. This middle grades contemporary novel will be released in June 2020.

Grace and her dad, Davy, have been a team (Team Gravy) since her mother passed away. Grace is more than happy with their life together. They geek out out over presidential trivia, have nicknames for each other, are always working on a project together, and plan and take road
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Hope Hunter
Apr 22, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
After the initial shock and grief from her mother's death, Grace and her dad, Davy, (aka "Team Gravy") have taken care of themselves rather well. All that changes when Grace overhears to old busybodies from church confront her dad to encourage him to start dating again. Grace is hurt and offended to think that anyone else thinks they need help from a new mother, and even more hurt when her dad gently tells her he is lonely and would like to start dating again. As Davy begins dating, Grace and he ...more
Jennifer Hottinger
Jun 12, 2020 rated it really liked it
The Stepmom Shake-up is an entertaining middle grade read. Grace and her father have grown close, as mom passed away. Dad is the pastor of their church and busybodies begin to think the pastor needs to start dating. Grace and Bea work together to sabotage every date in hilarious ways. Grace is quite a character and had me laughing at her daring approach to avoid a stepmom. I have to say I loved the silliness between father and daughter as Team Gravy and, of course the puns. As you are reading, t ...more
Emily Schubert
Jun 11, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ever since Grave's mom has passed, her father Davy and her have become close. So lose that they are known as Team Gravy. But hen members of the church convince Davy to start dating again, Grace is reading for sabotage. Not wanting to lose her father, Grace with the help of her bff Bea work hard to make sure the dates fail. That is until Grace finds someone she would love to have as a stepmom even if her father doesn't know it yet.

As an adult reading this book, I found it totally predictable. Ho
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Erin
Feb 18, 2021 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
3 stars because it’s a perfect recommendation for those families who are looking for Christian middle grade fiction and it’s overall fairly sweet. But BOY HOWDY did I have problems with the uneven range of crappiness in the hijinks this kid pulls. On one hand, it’s very Parent Trap type stuff. On the other, she does some real underhanded (and illegal!) stuff that a *checks notes* three day punishment of no TV doesn’t feel appropriate enough discipline for. Anyway, it’s fine. 😑
CR
Jun 29, 2020 rated it really liked it
This was a great little story that reminded me of the Parent Trap. I loved the fun loving story and the cover. The use of a parent being a minister worked well. I didn't feel like the book preached at the kids so I would feel comfortable recommending this one to everyone. The story would make a great movie and I think kids will have a fun time reading it. I know my 9 year old did. ...more
Breelynd Huntley
This was a very wholesome read. It felt so much like the Parent Trap.
LibraryLaur
Sep 11, 2020 rated it really liked it
A sweet middle-grade story about finding love after loss. Bonus points for its portrayal of Grace and her dad's faith. ...more
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Niki Lenz lives in Kansas City, Missouri, with her husband and children. She studied elementary education at Southwest Baptist University and taught kindergarten for six years. She enjoys reading, travel, glamping, polka dots, red lipstick, and oldies music. Bernice Buttman, Model Citizen is her first novel. Follow her on Twitter at @NikiRLenz or visit nikilenz.com.

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