Sunday, November 25, 2012
Book Review - Chocolate-covered Baloney: Confessions of April Grace
Chocolate-covered Baloney: Confessions of April Grace is written by K. D. McCrite and is published by Thomas Nelson.
I did not get a chance to read the previous offerings of April Grace but that really doesn't matter. This is a book for tween girls that is engaging and fun. I wanted to review this book because I have a daughter who likes these types of stories.
April Grace is an amateur sleuth who does a wonderful job solving mysteries. Her latest mystery is one that involves her sister, Myra Sue. Myra Sue has been acting suspicious and, of course, April Grace can't stand to just ignore the clues! She snoops around until she gets to the bottom of things. Along the way, however, she runs into bumps and snags that keep the reader entertained and turning the pages.
This book reminds me of my own growing up years, as I was about the age of April Grace in the 1970's (the setting of the series). Don't think it is outdated, however. The problems kids face today are not all that much different than those they faced 30, 40, or even 100 years ago. They just take different forms. For instance, if you are not an only child, you have had to deal with a troublesome sibling at one time or another. Read the Bible for more than a few minutes and you'll see that people struggled with a sinful nature from the moment that Adam and Eve ate the forbidden fruit. Using a twist that hooks young readers in without letting them know that they might be learning something about themselves is a great writer's tool.
I very much enjoyed reading Chocolate-covered Baloney and I think that my daughter will too.
*I received a copy of Chocolate-covered Baloney: Confessions of April Grace in exchange for my honest opinion. Opinions expressed are my own.*