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Today’s book is Grounded by Kate Klise, a middle grade historical fiction.
Ten Second Synopsis:
After Daralynn’s father, brother and sister are killed in a plane accident, she and her mother find it hard to relate to each other, despite providing hair styling in tandem at her mother’s new salon. Daralynn has enough trouble trying to hide the hundreds of dolls she received after the deaths from her Mamaw, who is sliding into dementia, without having to worry about the frosty atmosphere at home. Then the charming Mr Clem moves into town with his new crematorium, sweeping Aunt Josie off her feet and threatening Daralynn’s mother’s other job at the funeral home and Daralynn discovers that sometimes not even the grown-ups have all the answers.
Time on the TBR shelf:
Almost two years!! Since March 10th, 2014
From the Book Depository, because it was a middle grade novel featuring funerals. I subsequently bought every single book in Kate Klise’s 43 Old Cemetery Road series…and have only read one. Oops.
Reason I haven’t read it yet:
Other shiny, newer books have taken my fantasy. I have also been keeping it back; half because I thought it might be great, so I’ll keep it in reserve, half because I was scared it would be a bit crap and didn’t want to be disappointed.
- This is an absolute gem of a middle grade read – historical fiction (set in the 60s – I think), dealing with grief and family cracks, with a strong female protagonist who is absolutely ordinary and relatable
- The writing had a very mature feel about it for a middle grade novel, meaning that young readers won’t feel patronised while reading about difficult topics
- Daralynn is a girl stood apart – unusually, she is the protagonist and only young character (apart from a few passing cameos) in the novel. No side kick, no bully, no nothing. This worked impressively well I thought and definitely sets this book apart from the common crowd
- There is a twist and a mystery in the plot that I DID NOT SEE COMING. Nicely played, Klise.
- I got nothing. This is an extremely impressive read.
I’m also submitting it towards my Alphabet Soup Reading Challenge, hosted by Escape with Dollycas:
You can check out my progress for that challenge here.
Until next time,