Friday, January 26, 2018

You May Already Be a Winner by Ann Dee Ellis - OPTIONAL

Ellis, Ann Dee  You May Already Be a Winner, 347 pgs.  Dial Books for Young Readers, 2017.  $16.99  Content: Language: PG (1 swear); Mature Content: PG; Violence: G.  

Twelve year old Olivia’s dad has left and her mom depends on Olivia to watch her little sister Berkley during the day while Olivia’s mom goes to work.  The only problem is that Olivia is supposed to be at school.  Olivia likes to enter into contests in the hopes that she will win something and she likes to imagine herself as the hero, but when her family’s situation gets to be more than a twelve year old can handle, Olivia has to face reality.  

I enjoyed Olivia’s loyalty to her sister Berkley and trying to do what she thought was right.  I liked the basic plot line even though there are parts that are upsetting and heavy-such as child neglect.  Also, Olivia’s daydreams happened too often slowing down the flow of the main story.  Although the main character is twelve, this book felt sad and heavy moving it to middle school only.  

MS – OPTIONAL.  Reviewer, C. Peterson.

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