It's that time again. Here's a quick reminder of my rating system
A+--I thoroughly enjoyed and highly recommend this book. In most cases, I passed it on to my child/teen.
A--I enjoyed this book and I might pass it on to my child/teen.
B--I liked this book, but probably won't pass it on to my child/teen.
C--I thought it was okay, but I won't pass it on to my child/teen.
D--I didn't like this book, and won't allow my child/teen to read it.
F--I hope I never have to go here. =D
If you have any questions, please feel free to ask. If you find your book here, don't panic if I rate it below an A. These are my personal preferences and I'm only one small person in a large market.
Okay, here we go.
THE BRILLIANT FALL OF GIANNA Z. by Kate Messner
Rating: A+++ (I'll pass this one on to my daughter, my mother, my sisters, my teachers, and anyone else I can corner long enough)
If Gianna Zales doesn’t finish her seventh-grade leaf collection project in time, her spot in the cross country sectionals will be filled by her nemesis. Though she had plenty of time to do the project, Gianna left it until the last minute. It doesn't help her state of mind that her father drives her to school in a hearse, her grandmother keeps forgetting things, and her mother pretends like nothing is wrong.
This fall will be a disaster if Gianna can't pull it together and take her project all the way to the finish line.
The warm up stretched just the right muscles so I was ready to take on the smooth cross country pacing of the novel. I trotted happily along through Gianna's story and enjoyed the scenery along the way. The emotional hills and valleys gave me a satisfying workout, and the cool down in the end made for a perfect run.
Messner not only reached the finish line with THE BRILLIANT FALL OF GIANNA Z., she won the gold and the crowd went wild.
Write on, Kate Messner!