This fabulous debut novel, Seeing Cinderella by Jenny Lundquist, just released LAST WEEK! Yay! *throws a party for Jenny who I've come to know through Twitter*
And you simply must read it.
The premise: Calliope Anderson is about to start middle school, which is hard enough, but right before she starts she also finds out she needs glasses. When the prescription Callie needs is on back-order, the eye doctor sends her away with a pair of very large and very ugly glasses instructing her to, "Use them wisely." Callie finds this advice very odd, until the next day in school when she puts on the glasses for the first time and discovers they are magical. When she has them on, she can read people's thoughts.
What keeps readers reading: A crazy, poignant, and fun journey--punctuated with the question, "What if you had glasses like Callie's?" Readers walk into Callie's world, a world changing in every aspect. Best friends are no longer best friends. Boys and girls are interested in one another but don't really know what that means. Parents aren't getting along. Someone who could be a new friend enters the scene, but she's not Callie's old best friend. The lead in the school play (Cinderella) is offered to Callie, but Callie never gets the good things--her old best friend Ellen does. And these wacky glasses...should Callie really spy on people's thoughts?
What I loved: Callie's voice. It's spot on and fresh and brings the reader right inside Callie's head--right when Callie herself is trying to make sense of being inside other people's heads. Jenny Lundquist has crafted a marvelous story, so perfect and timely for a middle grade audience.
And because Jenny Lundquist is brave enough to show her very large and very ugly glasses from 7th grade on her website's homepage, I will too. Yes, that's 7th grade me over there on the right. *tries to hide* Let's just say, Calliope Anderson, at least your glasses are magical!!! Mine are just. super. ugly. Along with short hair and braces? Egads.
To enter the giveaway for my ARC of Seeing Cinderella, comment on this post by Saturday, March 31, by 8pm CDT. Winner will be announced on Sunday, April 1st. International entries are welcome.
HAPPY BOOK RELEASE, JENNY!!
For more middle grade recommendations, visit my Middle Grade Monday tab or . . . Shannon Messenger's links.
Happy middle grade reading!