*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!
Rating: 5 STARS out of 5 Stars