FICTION

Forever Glimmer Creek

S. & S.. Apr. 2020. 320p. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9781534444843.
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Gr 4-6–Glimmer Creek is known for its Miracles. Every year, one lucky resident receives a potentially life-changing Miracle. Seventh grader Rosie is an aspiring filmmaker who is enthralled with the Miracles and is determined to make a documentary to prove they are real. She struggles to make her film when her best friends, Henry and Cam, suddenly become busy with new friends and new interests. Meanwhile, her mom and Sheriff Parker seem to be a little too friendly for Rosie’s comfort. With all of these obstacles, will Rosie be able to finish her documentary in time and make up with her friends? Although this book focuses a lot on the Miracles of Glimmer Creek, it is really a story about friendship, family, and how those things can change as you grow up. Kids will relate to Rosie, who tries to do the right thing but sometimes makes mistakes and has to figure out how to right them. Hackney perfectly captures the challenges of navigating middle school when your interests do not align with those of your friends and classmates, as well as the confusion of friends growing apart.
VERDICT Part realistic fiction and part mystery, this character-driven book is a good read for kids who enjoyed Ingrid Law’s Savvy and Natalie Lloyd’s A Snicker of Magic.

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