Thursday, January 19, 2017

Winter Reading 2017 Big & Little Questions (According to Wren Jo Byrd)


Some questions seem like little things. What does your house look like? That seems like a small thing. But if your parents have divorced and you now have two homes, which house does that question refer to? How do you answer that question? What did you do over the summer? Again, that seems like a casual query, unless you spent it with your grandparents while your parents divided the contents of your home.

For Wren, all these seemingly little questions cause incredible stress as her new school year starts. To make matters worse, her best friend has made a new acquaintance over the summer who seems to have taken Wren's place in her affections. With her new visitation schedule with her father, how will she be able to enjoy sleepovers and weekend movies with her friends? If everyone finds out about the divorce, will it change how everyone looks at her? After things change in such a big way, can all the little things rearrange themselves into a new kind of normal?

Readers who have experienced a similar change in their own lives will appreciate the struggles that Wren goes through, and recognize some of her feelings and reactions as being akin to their own. They will find themselves cheering her on and hoping that everything will work out well for her.

Great for middle grade readers who enjoy realistic fiction with families and friends at center stage.

I read an e-book provided by the publisher through NetGalley.

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