Kiara Fights Back

Holiday House. (Spyglass Sisterhood: Bk. 3). Apr. 2022. 208p. Tr $16.99. ISBN 9780823446117.
Gr 3-7–Kiara and her three best friends take on a bully in this latest installment of the “Spyglass Sisterhood.” With the help of their magic spyglass that offers visions and provides insight into someone’s feelings, the girls track down a cyberbully who’s tageting classmates. Kiara, typically a loner who has trouble understanding social norms, narrates this story in a slightly detached and judgemental way that matches her personality and worldview, for which she is unapologetic. That said, she does make an effort to be more understanding of other people’s feelings and less literal. With the help of her father, her friends, and several classmates, Kiara uses her knowledge of courtroom dramas to host a trial for the bully in question.
VERDICT Young readers who enjoy low-stakes realistic fiction and friendship drama with just a touch of magic will appreciate this entry.

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