Monday, December 26, 2011

"Cliques, Hicks, and Ugly Sticks: Confessions of April Grace" by K.D. McCrite Book Review

"Cliques, Hicks, and Ugly Sticks: Confessions of April Grace" by K.D. McCrite 

This book brought laughter and tears to My Daughter (10) and I when we read it to each other. It is set in the 80’s and middle school. The town feels a lot like the one I grew up in small, Church on Sunday and country like. 
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#pages: I read this on kindle and it did not show pages in an actual book.
Ar points Value: 10.0
Atos Book Level: 5.2
Interest level: Middle Grades (4-8)

April Grace lives with her mom and dad and has one older sister. As if life is not already complicated enough with the changes that come with middle school, Live in house guests and a Grandma that has a few too many suitors, April’s mom becomes pregnant. 

 The live in who does not believe in god becomes the director of the church play while April’s mom is on bed rest and it makes quite an interesting story. Read this story with your Daughter and it is sure not to disappoint you. 

This is part of a series and I cannot wait for the next one. The book gave lots of opportunity for discussion with my daughter about how she felt when I became pregnant, what it’s like at school at her age and many other things. Megan thought that the grandma having so many men she was dating was a bad addition to the story but I thought it showed the reality of grandparents dating after divorce or the death of a spouse. We cannot wait to read the next in the series and wish we had not missed the first.

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