It's called a crush for a reason...For the first time in her life, Natalie feels confident. Her talents are being recognized, she has supportive friends, and she's spending a ton of time with her crush, Derek! But when Derek tells Natalie that he just wants to be friends, Natalie's self-confidence quickly changes to self-doubt. As she tries to recover from her broken heart, Natalie casts aside her talents and even her friends. With no one to turn to, Natalie will have to pull herself out of this mess on her own.
Author: Raina Telgemeir
Rating: 3 stars
This book was the perfect blend of sweet and spooky. It wasn't too scary to freak out younger kids, it just had some ghosts that were part of Dio de los muertos.
Catrina and her family move to a climate that will help Cat's sister Maya feel better. Cool air is good for her because of her cystic fibrosis. When they move, they discover their new home has ghosts around, mostly because the city Bahia de la Luna is filled with citizens who are Latino who celebrate dio de los muertos.
This gives Cat and Maya a chance to learn about this celebration and about the people who live in their new community. They meet a young guy who runs a museum in town, and through a turn of fate they become friends with him.
The way this book shows the relationship between Cat and Maya is awesome. It shows that even though Cat gets angry and frustrated with her sister, she'd do anything to protect Maya. This book also does a great job of exploring the way that moving can impact kids.
This book gets a solid A+ for the way it handles emotions in young children, sickness, new friendships, and other hard topics for kids.
This is another great book that I truly believe any middle grade reader will like.