Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Open If You Dare by Dana Middleton - ADVISABLE

Middleton, Dana Open If You Dare, 283 pages. Feiwel and Friends (MacMillan), 2017. $17. Language: G (0 swears); Mature Content: PG; Violence: PG (peril). 

It’s the last summer for three best friends who have been together since first grade, but now Rose is moving back to England in August, and Ally and Birdie will be going to different middle schools.  But making this the best last summer ever is proving difficult.  Rose is distracted because of the move, Ally who is an amazing pitcher can’t seem to throw anything but balls, and Birdie is obsessed with a mysterious box they uncovered on the island that seems to be about two murdered girls from 1973.  

Told from Birdie’s perspective, we see the angst of change - changing schools, moving, losing friends, liking boys, fighting with parents and siblings; there is a lot going on, but it doesn’t seem to weigh the plot, in fact, it makes the story more authentic. Each girl has problems of her own.  The mystery was fun with a good twist, the story was engaging, there were a few snags that bothered me - what library has space to store their weeded books for-ev-er? And, well, some of my snags would be spoilers, so I’ll leave it at that.  A fun middle school read that I’m sure the girls would love.  

MS - ADVISABLE  Lisa Librarian

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