If you’re interested in mysteries and secrets, Kate Messner’s Chirp is out now. Mia, a young girl with dreams of being a world-class gymnast, moves to Vermont after she breaks her arm. It’s a fresh start for the whole family, but there’s a plot afoot to drive Grandma’s cricket farm out of business. Mia, needing a win, is determined to save Grandma’s farm, and she sets out to stop whoever is trying to ruin Grandma’s business.
This one is all the things, by the way. It’s a summer picnic tale. It’s a slippery mystery with a young sleuth. It’s a female-driven narrative. It’s a buddy story. It’s also marvelously written. This one is a winner in so many categories.
–A Good Book, Sumner, WA
Win with your next book from A Good Book or another independent bookstore. The author of this book also put together a wonderful resource page for grown-ups helping kids do “education anywhere.” Kate is a former classroom teacher, and she’s very well-connected in the children’s literature community, so she has a lot of resources for anyone homeschooling or craving educational enrichment.