Penney, Mary Eleven and Holding, 246 pages. Harper, 2016. $17. Content: G.
Macy, 11, thinks that her dad is on a secret mission for the Marines, but she is determined to wait for him before celebrating her twelfth birthday, as he has always made it in the past. Macy wants to search for her dad, but it isn’t until she hears about a neighbor woman who has lost her dog that she comes up with a cover plan for her own sleuthing. This is an important week for Macy, in terms of growing up, as she is shaken out of her isolated, self-centered world and realizes that everyone has secrets and heartaches that they don’t advertise to the world.
After my dislike of “The Thing About Jellyfish” from earlier this year, I am not fond of more books about neurotic girls with manufactured problems. Someone hand them a copy of "Who Moved My Cheese" already. If you actually have students who are reading the “Jellyfish” book, then you should add this one to the mix, though.
EL – OPTIONAL. Cindy, Library Teacher