My two favorite MIDDLE GRADE BoOks so far this year.
I received SCHOOL of CHARM as an ARC from FIRST READS and although I rated and reviewed it straight away on GOODREADS, I should have been more expedient in doing a full review on my MG side blog MOM in the MIDDLE.
Here is my Goodreads mini-review...
A delightful, delicious, charming, heart-warming Middle Grade book with a message. It was like Steel Magnolias meets Diary of a Wimpy Kid wrapped up in Cinderella. This sounds so cliche, but I literally could not put it down, and I pulled one of my rare all nighters. The age range on this book is grades 3-7, but I feel it would be enjoyed by the YA crowd, as well. Also, if you think the readng level might be a little too much for your 3rd and 4th graders, it would make a fantastic "chapter a night" story. One that will definitely spark parent/child conversations about family, sorrow, belonging, and self-esteem. This book was a joy to read. I had a problem with the choice of two descriptive words (and am hoping because it was an ARC someone saw fit to change them), but this was such a minor foible I still felt great about giving it FIVE STARS!