Monday, September 10, 2012

Marvelous Middle Grade Monday: Tracing Stars

Over the summer I heard about Tracing Stars by Erin E. Moulton on several Marvelous Middle Grade Monday posts and knew it was the kind of book I HAD to read. And then . . . I was fortunate enough to win an ARC from Literary Rambles. But . . . when I received the copy I'd won (a gift from Erin Moulton, who provided the giveaway), it wasn't an ARC at all. It was a beautiful, shiny-new, and signed hardcover! What a delightful surprise.

The premise: Indie Lee Chickory has a pet lobster named Monty and a sister named Bebe--both of whom she loves very much. But when Indie accidentally brings Monty to school, bad things happen with both Monty and Bebe, and Indie must set things right. She has a lot of help from a new kid, Owen, who no one seems to like. And with that, Indie's problems grow bigger.

What keeps readers reading: Indie. As she tries to balance one life with her sister and another part of herself with her new friend Owen, readers will identify with the struggle to do what's right vs. what's popular, what you want vs. what you should. It's something that hits at the heart of all people at any stage of life.

What I loved: Indie. :-) Yes, again. She's such a stand-out character. She's genuine, conflicted, and trying to do what she thinks she should. And even though she's a girl, both boy and girl readers will see themselves in her.

If I were nicer, I would offer my hardcover as a giveaway. But I adore hardcovers. Especially hardcovers of books I adore. So I'm keeping this one. But please find a copy, or better yet, buy your own hardcover, and read Tracing Stars!

For more middle grade recommendations, visit the links at
Shannon Messenger's blog. 
Happy middle grade reading! 

24 comments:

  1. Thanks for sharing this one, Barbara. It sounds totally MG! I'll have to look into it for my youngest.

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  2. You are super nice and you deserve to keep the books you love. I've bought a few for my giveaways when I loved the book and wanted to keep it. So glad you got a book and not the ARC. Thanks for sharing it with everyone.

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  3. Please excuse the confusion!! On Shannon's blog, I'm listed as hosting a giveaway of TRACING STARS. In sending my MMGM email to her, I must have worded something in a confusing way, so now I'm SUPER sorry I don't have a giveaway. But not only do I adore this book, I plan to read it aloud with my daughter at some point. So, so sorry for the mix-up.

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  4. No worries, Barbara. No one can give away every book they read! You should definitely keep a hardcover for yourself. Indie sounds like a wonderful character. I love her name!

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  5. "If I were nicer, I would offer my hardcover as a giveaway."

    LOL. I totally understand. :)

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  6. I wonder if my daughter would read this. It feels like a perfect 5th grader kind of book.

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  7. I got an ARC of this one for review, which I still need to do! Gah! Thanks for your review and the reminder. :)

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  8. You are nice--but you should still keep your hardcovers, especially if they are signed by the author!!

    Thanks for the review--I hadn't heard of this one. I love the cover and what you revealed about the character. TBR pile.

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  9. You know it's good when you don't want to give away your copy! ;D

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  10. That cover is absolutely stunning! No wonder you want to keep it all to yourself. ;)

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  11. I so want to read this one! I'm definitely going to have to look for it.

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  12. Gosh, I wish I had more time to read! :-) Beautiful cover and Indie sounds like someone I would love to read about... someday.

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  13. Indie sounds like a character that I'd really like. :)

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  14. LOL I feel the same way about hardback covers.

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  15. I'm so glad you loved Tracing Stars! I loved it, but you already knew that! :) I want to read Erin's other books now too.

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  16. I love my hardcovers too! What a lovely cover as well.

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  17. I like the sound of this one (and wouldn't give up my HC if I love a book)! I particularly love that the character shares my cat's name. :)

    - Jessica @ Book Sake

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  18. I love the concepts and themes surrounding this book - perfect for a MG audience. Thanks for another good rec Barbara!

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  19. This sounds like a good one! I will have to investigate. I love a good pet lobster story.

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  20. What a nice surprise! A good story and a signed hardback to boot :)

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  21. Congratulations on winning the book. It sounds like a great read. Pretty neat that she has a pet lobster.

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  22. This sounds like a lovely book. Glad to hear you got a signed hardcover, that's great. This sounds like a book I'd enjoy, I'll have to add it to my list.

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  23. I have been wanting to read this one! I love that you don't want to give your copy up- that is awesome. :)

    ~Jess

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