About the Book
Book: Broken Promises
Author: Melody Carlson
Genre: Middle Grade
Release Date: December 15, 2019
A school play sounds like fun…for some.
As she settles into life in the middle school of her new hometown, Zoey agrees to audition for the school play to encourage Louisa. Isn’t that what a BFF does? But she’s none too sure it’ll actually be fun—especially when she’s cast as a dog! Louisa really does need her support though when some of the older girls get upset at a sixth grader landing the lead role. Zoey does her best to be supportive and finally begins to feel really at home with her grandparents and at school.
Until someone pulls the plug on all her dreams.
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About the Author
Melody Carlson has written more than 200 books for teens, women, and children. That’s a lot of books, but mostly she considers herself a “storyteller.” Her young adult novels appeal to teenage girls around the world. Her annual Christmas novellas become more popular each year. She’s won a number of awards (including RT’s Career Achievement Award, the Rita and the Gold Medallion) and some of her books have been optioned for film/TV. Carlson has two grown sons and makes her home in the Pacific Northwest with her husband and yellow Lab dog.
More from Melody
For many tweens, middle school is a jungle of insecurities, mean girls, and disappointments. As usual I gave Zoey plenty to deal with. Including a BFF with high expectations and an absentee mom who still hasn’t grown up. Even though some people let her down, Zoey keeps plugging along, even playing Sandy the dog in the school play. And through her struggles she changes and matures — kind of like real life.
The author has developed a great series for young girls that is fun to read. I liked being back with Zoey and her friend Louisa. Zoey seems to be pretty grounded even though her mother has pretty much abandoned her. Well really her mother dumped her to go follow her dream of being in a rock band. I liked how Zoey's grandparents have taken on a very supportive role in her life. It is refreshing to see grandparents being recognized for their support in raising their grandchildren. It made me think of the people I know that have stepped up to raise their grandchildren. It is not as uncommon as it use to be.
Zoey's mother is very selfish and I hope someday she realizes how much she has missed in her daughter's life. This story deals with bullying that is relevant to today. I don't like bullying and I enjoyed how the author presented it in the story. Another aspect of the story deals with promises. How many of us have made a promise that we broke? Zoey will find out a valuable lesson when she doesn't follow through with her promise. The faith element is light in the story but I feel it is just enough for this age group. I look forward to the next book in the series to see what happens with Zoey.
I received a copy of this book from Celebrate Lit. The review is my own opinion.
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To celebrate her tour, Melody is giving away the grand prize package of a copy of Broken Promises and the classic Annie movie (DVD or digital download, winner’s choice)!!
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