Sweet Pea is that spunky, likeable girl next door who’s going through a rough patch. Her parents are getting divorced, she’s caught between friends, and her cat seems like the only one who loves her for who she is. And now she’s scored her first job — forwarding mail for her unusual neighbor, Miss Flora Mae, who writes the paper’s advice column. Sweet Pea gets tempted to open a letter, and then the fun begins! Can trying to help cause more trouble than it solves? A funny and heartwarming story of a tween finding her way.
–Jenny Stroyeck, The Homer Bookstore, Homer, AK
This is a recommendation from the Kids’ Indie Next list, a newsletter with reviews of exciting new books compiled by the American Booksellers Association. You can ask for this book (and the author’s YA, Dumplin’) at The Homer Bookstore and any local, independent bookstore. If they don’t have it on their shelves, they can probably special order it for you.