Monday, November 6, 2017

Lemons by Melissa Savage -ADVISABLE

Savage, Melissa Lemons,  305 pgs. Crown (Random House), 2017.  $17. Language: PG (2 swears –God); Mature Content: G; Violence: G
Lemonade mother has passed away and she must go live in a small town with a grandfather that she has never met. She hopes the situation will be temporary. Right away she makes an interesting friend, Tobin, who is obsessed with bigfoot. In fact, the entire little town is a hotspot for bigfoot sightings. Together they investigate and eat cookies from an avid tipster. Turns out Lem, her grandfather, and even her friend Tobin are grieving and they can choose to feel alone in it, or come together and support each other.
This is a lovely story about grief, family, and friendship. Throw in the intrigue of Bigfoot and you have a thread that will keep the reader interested and learning life lessons as they continue through the story. Its set during the Vietnam war, so there are some themes best left for upper grade readers. My only complaint is that is just a bit long –there are some stretches that I think readers might set the book aside. Readers in my conservative area will balk over the use of Oh my God (once on the back cover).

EL -ADVISABLE.  Stephanie Elementary School Librarian & Author

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