Review / Macy McMillan and the Rainbow Goddess

macy-mcmillan-rainbow-goddessBook: Macy McMillan & the Rainbow Goddess (2017)
Author: Shari Green
Genre: MG, Contemporary

Basic plot: Life is not easy for Macy. First of all, she’s deaf and so it’s sometimes hard to communicate with the world. And then there are all the recent changes to her life…. Her mom’s getting married, they’re moving, and she’s had a falling out with her best friend. And then, her mom volunteers her to help her crabby neighbour with her own move.

WHAT’S COOL…

1) All the literature references! I loved this book for just that. First of all, Macy loves to read, and soon enough, she finds out that [*Slight Spoiler] her crabby neighbour also loves books. [end spoiler] When it came to the quote about Anne of Green Gables, I was just flabbergasted. THIS woman (the character Iris, and probably also the author since she wrote the thing in the first place) gets why Anne is so amazing. (Can you tell it’s one of my favourite books?)

2) The title is interesting. The Rainbow Goddess refers to Iris, the “crabby” neighbour. I loved how their relationship (like that of a grandmother and granddaughter) develops over the book, especially the scene near the end with regards to the wedding.

3) It’s a quick read, written as a novel in verse. I liked how the author formatted the conversations. Since Macy is deaf, it’s interesting to see how she worked the dialogue that in sign language.

4) The new step-father-to-be… I really liked seeing such a positive spin put on this character, Alan. He really does try with Macy, especially how he tries to learn some basic sign language. And his daughters are adorable! (One of the best parts is when Macy is disgusted by Alan’s plain paint choices at his house and she decides that she wants her room to be purple, just to bug him. Only to discover… well, I won’t spoil it.)

5) The friendship debacle with Olivia is a good side plot. I loved how that played out as well.

WHAT’S NOT COOL…

1) So, in the story, Macy loses her hearing at age four. I wondered about the fact that she can’t speak. But by age four, wouldn’t she have already learned how to talk. (I suppose it’s possible she was a late-talker.) Not a big deal, but it just made me wonder.

FINAL THOUGHTS

I didn’t know what to expect when I opened this book. What I got was a wonderful surprise. I completely LOVED it! The characters and story arc. Everything. I highly recommend this book! (And if you love Anne of Green Gables, I recommend it that much more.)


YOUR TURN…

Have you read this book? What are your thoughts? I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments!

Note: I’m posting this for Greg Pattridge’s Marvelous Middle-Grade Monday

#MGTakesOnThursday / The Wedding Planner’s Daughter


wedding-planner-daughterBook: The Wedding Planner’s Daughter (2005)

Author: Coleen Murtagh Paratore
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Genre: MG, Contemporary

This book in three words…

Cherry-pits, Weddings, Cape Cod

Favourite Sentence from Page 11…

“Billy was jogging through Poet’s Park on his lunch hour when the wind whooshed, wait, and he turned just in time to see this beautiful woman strolling toward him through a fog of pink and white.”

My thoughts on this book…

I loved all the literary nods in this book… like Ms. Havisham is the wedding planner? (Don’t worry, she does wear an old wedding dress.) And her name is Stella (Estelle, anybody?) and she has great expectations for her daughter (Willa, the protagonist) that doesn’t include weddings! Oh boy. I’m afraid every single one of those allusions will be lost on the young reader, but I enjoyed them!

The little quotes at the beginning of each chapter were a nice touch. They included real quotes from people ranging from L.M. Montgomery to Robert Frost; and then, there are quotes from the characters in the book!

Willa is a likable protagonist. I also liked the information about living on Cape Cod. This book definitely had that rom-com feel to it, with a nod to some classic literature.


This post is part of a challenge to celebrate middle-grade books. For more information, go to: https://bookcraic.blog/2020/10/08/mg-takes-on-thursday-19/

How to take part…

  • Post a picture of the front cover of a middle-grade book which you have read and would recommend to others with details of the author, illustrator and publisher.
  • Open the book to page 11 and share your favourite sentence.
  • Write three words to describe the book.
  • Either share why you would recommend this book, or link to your review.

Quick Pick Reviews #15

desirableDesirable // by Frank Cottrell Boyce

Genre: MG, Contemporary/Magical Realism (2008)

My Thoughts: This was a fun little book. And when I say little, I actually mean little. It was surprisingly short. Especially considering that the main character is in the eighth grade! I read it in a half-hour…

The story is about a boy named George who is anything but popular. He’s pretty much a loner and not even the other unpopular kids want to hang out with him. That is until his grandpa gives him a birthday gift of cologne called “Desirable”. Once he puts it on, suddenly everybody wants to be his best buddy… including the principal of his school.

I liked how it ended, but I didn’t quite see how it got to that place. [**SPOILER] With Danielle giving him the cologne. I didn’t see enough evidence that she even knew he had it in the first place. It would have been better if it had been a gift from his mum. [End Spoiler] That said, I still enjoyed this book! [3.5 Stars]


royal-giftA Royal Gift // by Marietta Moskin

Genre: Lower MG, Historical (1982)

My Thoughts: What an adorable book! This is the story of a Royal Wedding and two old ladies (sisters: Miss Agatha and Miss Prudence) who decide to give a gift to the prince and his bride. And the gift (with the twist at the end)… well, I won’t spoil it.

As a chapter book, there are gorgeous illustrations on every spread… some in black and white and others in colour. The whole book has a very old fashioned feeling to it. (Sadly, I wouldn’t be surprised if this book is out of print! My copy came from my SIL and she got it from a library book sale. It’s a pity if it is out of print because the book and story are so beautiful.)

I really liked the author’s note at the end. She calls this story “one of those ‘it might be true’ type of stories.” Apparently, it made the rounds when the Duke and Duchess of York (later King George VI and the Queen Mum) were married in 1923. [4 Stars]


Quick Pick books are always recommendations. (If I don’t recommend the book, it’s not a Quick Pick!)

Note: I’m posting this for Greg Pattridge’s Marvelous Middle-Grade Monday