A wee while back I read this interview on Literary Rambles with Jenny Lundquist, athour of SEEING CINDRELLA. I also won the giveaway and the wonderful Natalie Aguirre sent me SEEING CINDERELLA. On the inside was a note from Natalie saying she hoped I enjoyed the book. Well, I did. Alot. In fact, I loved enough to say it is one of my favourite MG reads of '12. Clever, funny and so bang on the universal trials and tribulations of that first year in middle school it even brought me back to my own time in grade six. Take that and mix in some magical glasses you have a wonderful blend of contemporary fiction and fantasy. Not only that, the author is one a heck of a good writer. She blends characterization, plot, setting and theme in a way that makes me want to reread it so I can better my own writing. Yep. Kinda loved it. This is for sure one I would recommend to fans of Wendy Mass and Lauren Myracle, the Winnie Years. To wrap up here is the description from IndieBound.Org:
Sixth grade is not going well for Calliope Meadow Anderson. Callie’s hair is frizzy, her best friend, Ellen, is acting weird, and to top things off, she has to get glasses. And her new specs aren’t even cute, trendy glasses—more like hideously large and geeky. But Callie soon discovers that her glasses have a special, magical perk: When she wears them, she can read people’s thoughts. Crazy glasses aside, Callie has more drama to face when she’s cast as the lead in the school play—and instead opts to be an understudy, giving the role of Cinderella to Ellen. Can Callie’s magic glasses help her see her way to leading lady, or is she destined to stay in the background forever?
That's it from me.
WAIT. That is not it. You know I have to do a giveaway right? Must pay it forward and share the love of this book. All you need to do is leave a comment with a way for me to contact you. You have until midnight, next Monday. Good luck!
Happy MMGM all! And, as always, check out some of the following blogs for more middle grade love.
Shannon Whitney Messenger (a.k.a. Fearless Leader)-Ramblings of a Wannabe Scribe
Jennifer Rumberger-Children's Author
Joanne Fritz-My Brain on Books
Danika Dinsmore-The Accidental Novelist
Shannon O'Donnell-Book Dreaming
Natalie Aguirre-Literary Rambles
Brooke Favero-Somewhere in the Middle
Ally Beecher- Kid Lit Frenzy
Barbara Watson-Novel and Nouveau
Anita Laydon Miller-her middle grade blog
Michael G-G-Middle Grade Mafioso
Jessica Lei-her blog
Pam Torres-So I'm Fifty
Akoss-Nye Louwon – My Spirit | a search for the writer in me