Hello everyone! Before today’s review, I have to announce a winner of the Ballet Cat Giveaway! The prize pack includes both Ballet Cat books, and a plush Ballet Cat! Thank you to Disney-Hyperion for supplying this awesome prize!
Now, what lucky person gets the prize?
Why it’s LAURA!
I’ll be emailing you to get your address so you can get the prize pack for your granddaughter! Congratulation!
Now on to the book review!
Just My Luck
By Cammie McGovern
240 pages – ages 8+
Will be published by HarperCollins on February 23, 2016
Synopsis- Benny still blames himself, even though everyone keeps saying that it isn’t his fault. His dad was jogging next to him while he was biking, and Benny’s helmet crashed into his father’s head. Now his father has internal bleeding in his brain, and may never be the same again. Pair that with the fact Benny’s best friend moved away, his autistic brother is a WAY better bike rider than him, fourth grade is not that great and Benny’s family is barely hanging in there. Somehow Benny keeps going through all this bad luck.
What I Thought- This is a great book about learning to see the positive things in life even when it all appears going terribly wrong. Benny is the youngest sibling, has some heavy weights on his shoulders to begin with his dad is recovering after a brain operation that Benny blames himself for. You really feel for Benny as he tries to make sense of his life. I think many kids will relate to Benny even if his problems are larger (or smaller) than the ones they face. The book has a great message of perseverance that will resonate with kids. The dialogue and relationships in the book are well thought out and ring true. The writing is perfect for the age it is written for. I like the way Ms. McGovern wrote a heartfelt story about some very big life issues that always has a slice of hope between the lines – maybe hope isn’t the right word. I think the reader can feel Benny’s fortitude. This is a thoughtful book about learning to live with the bad days in your life, and making them better.
I give this book five out of five bookworms!
There is a Goodreads giveaway going on for this book until February 22. Click HERE to go enter.