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Sunday, January 17, 2021

Starfish by Lisa Fipps

How I Heard About It:
*I went to the mailbox the other day and found a great book surprise.  Nancy Paulsen Books (Penguin) sent me a physical ARC of the upcoming middle-grade novel by Lisa Fipps.  I was intrigued by the cover, title and got to reading right away.

What It Is About - FIVE Things You Need to Know:
*Ellie is Splash.  Ellie is Starfish.  Ellie is eleven years old and dealing with a life no adult, let alone a child, have to deal with.

*Ellie is overweight.  Ellie is bullied.  Ellie is an outcast, even in her own family.  

*Her parents each treat her differently when it comes to the weight.  

*After a new girl moves in next door and her father finds a therapist for his daughter, Ellie begins to see a light at the end of the tunnel.  

*A young girl on a journey to not only find her place in the world, but to find the love she so desperately needs and deserves.

What I Thought Of It - Five Observations/Reflections:
*As I said on social media posts:  One book, One reading, One Powerful experience.

*I could NOT put the book down and was emotionally invested from page one to the very last page.  

*I don't remember feeling so emotionally "touched" as I did while reading Ellie's story.  

*So many young people are bullied, but after reading the novel, I now have a different view on the treatment of overweight kids and adults.

*From the acknowledgements at the end of the story, I learned this was to be a young-adult novel; but they decided it was necessary to reach a younger audience before it was too late.  I couldn't agree more.

Who Should Read It:
*This is one of those books that will save lives.  I can see the story being beneficial for readers in grades five and above.  Middle-school girls, but not excluding boys, would be the perfect audience for Ellie and her journey.  This is one special book and should NOT be missed!  Happy Reading!

STARS out of 5 Stars

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