Hi Everyone! It’s Becky. I received an ARC of Shine by J.J. Grabenstein and Chris Grabenstein at a conference in October but I just now got around to listening to the audiobook. Here are my thoughts:
Authors: J.J. Grabenstein and Chris Grabenstein
Note: I listened to the audiobook.
Summary: Piper doesn’t think that she’s very talented. Her mother was a musical prodigy and her father spends his spare time trying to write a Broadway show. Piper may not have any musical ability but she is good at science and math. When Piper’s father gets a job at the elite Chumley Prep she realizes her academic talents may help her succeed and when the school announces a new award that will honor the student that best illustrates Chumley excellence Piper knows she has to win. But can Piper win the award and stay true to herself?
Review: I’m always happy when I find a middle-grade book that celebrates characters being true to themselves and Piper is definitely a character that has unwavering beliefs and goodness. The Grabensteins created a book about a girl who stays true to herself and is willing to sacrifice her own wants to help her friends. It’s just a nice message to give to tweens as is the idea of trying to understand other people and to have empathy even for people who are not your favorite people. However, I have to wonder if middle-grade readers will find the “surprise” plot twist at the end as obvious as this adult reader did. Yet, even with the ending that was a little too obvious, this is a book that will teach valuable life lessons while entertaining the reader and it is a book that I highly recommend for those middle school readers.
Final Rating: 3 out of 5
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