Friday, October 31, 2014
The Battle of Darcy Lane, by Tara Altebrando
Altebrando hits a number of key tween themes in a light, realistic, and respectful manner. This isn't a story of big events. In her own words, it's a "quiet" book. Kids are kids, grownups are grownups. Everyone is a bit flawed and acceptably happy. And truth be told, Julia isn't a terribly nice girl (being almost as mean to girls she doesn't like as Alyssa is to her), but she recognizes it and the reader can sympathize with her flaws. It all rolls up into a lovely honest story of the struggle to maintain friendships in the turmoil of pre-adolescence. I'm really not sure where those bugs fit in though!