The winner of No-Name Baby by Nancy Bo Flood is:
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And today's Marvelous Middle Grade Monday feature . . .
The premise: When Pride's grandpa, Old Finn, falls gravely ill, Pride takes charge in order to keep her siblings together. She won't let herself and her brother and sister fall into foster care or an orphanage ever again. Especially not after Old Finn rescued them. But keeping safe the Stars (Star is their last name) turns out to be a big job and things begin to unravel.
What keeps readers reading: Pride's plan for keeping safe the Stars. Younger siblings Nightingale and Baby sometimes follow Pride's plan, but sometimes they have a plan all their own. The addition of several other interesting characters make Pride's plan even harder to keep together. In an inventive way, Sheila O'Connor brings a dad, his daughter, and a woman known only through letters into this family-centered tale. And set against the frame of President Nixon's resignation brings another story element as Old Finn has a past that is woven through these times and the Star siblings spent time in a commune with their mother.
What I loved: As a parent, reading this book was hard, I have to confess. Hard because I so badly wanted to make everything right for the Star siblings. And all through the story, I kept urging Pride to "please tell somebody what's going on." But as a reader, I know Pride and her brother and sister need to find their own way. It is this contradiction of emotions that I loved--because it indicates a well-told story.
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Happy middle grade reading!