It's high time I started blogging again. And what better way than to start with a book? I finished this lovely novel two nights ago. I wish, wish, wish, I wouldn't have read it so fast. Here are some fast facts:
Author - Esther Ehrlich (her first novel, a middle grade)
Setting - Cape Cod
Main Character - Chirp (be ready to fall in love with her)
Chirp's sidekick - Joey (be ready to fall in love with him)
Plot - Chirp's mother is ill, and Joey, Chirp's neighbor, lives in an abusive situation. Together these two tweens navigate difficult times and circumstances, learning the meaning of true friendship along the way.
Why I love this book - Esther's writing is so realistic. It's full of laughter and sadness, both at the same time, just the same as real life. The relationship she develops between Chirp and Joey is perfect. And the relationship between Chirp and her other family members is completely genuine. This is the kind of story you have to keep reading. And once you're done, you just keep thinking about the characters and how the rest of their lives play out.
I'm telling you, this is good, good writing. Thanks, Esther Ehrlich, for a beautiful, touching novel. I look forward to reading your future books!
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