Monday, September 8, 2014

Marvelous Middle Grade Monday - Olivia Bean, Trivia Queen

I'm sorry I've been absent for a few weeks, but the end of the summer has kept me busy. That and the fact that I've pretty much completed my middle grade novel. Just a few tweaks to make and I will be ready to query. Yeah!!! This has been four years in the making, so it is a tremendous feeling to have it almost complete. At least until I have revisions with an agent/editor! :) For today's Marvelous Middle Grade Monday, I've chosen a pick that was on my to-read list for a while, and I finally was able to read it. A fun read with so many underlying layers that also makes you think.

by: Donna Gephart
Delacorte Press 2012

From Goodreads:
Olivia Bean knows trivia. She watches Jeopardy! every night and usually beats at least one of the contestants. If she were better at geography, she would try out for the show’s kids’ week. Not only could she win bundles of money, she’d get to go to the taping in California, where her dad, who left two years ago and who Olivia misses like crazy, lives with his new family.

One day Olivia’s friend-turned-nemesis, Tucker, offers to help her bulk up her geography knowledge. Before Olivia knows it, she’s getting help from all sorts of unexpected sources: her almost-stepdad, superannoying Neil; her genius little brother, Charlie; even her stressed-out mom. Soon she has breezed through the audition rounds and is headed for Hollywood! But will the one person she wants to impress more than anyone else show up to support her?

Any kid who is a fan of Jeopardy! will love this book. Intermixed with the lightness of the game show and Olivia's desire to be in the show are deeper issues many kids face - divorce and the aftermath of step-parents, etc., boy/girl issues, popularity in school and realizing how important each one of us is. I enjoyed the realness of the situations and the wrapping up of those emotions by Olivia, some happy and some sad.

Thanks for stopping by today. I hope to be more regular in my posting as we settle back into our school routine. I've been reading some great books lately that I can't wait to share with you. Have a good week!