You've GOT to Meet Cricket

The Pick: Smack Dab in the Middle of Maybe by Jo Hackl

The Plot: Cricket is on the hunt for her mother’s bird room — maybe following the clues will lead to treasure, or maybe finding the bird room will bring her mother back. Cricket has eleven days to figure it all out.

The Pros and Cons: Sometimes when I really delight in a book, when I’m basking in the afterglow of a well written novel, I have a harder time reviewing said tome. I seem to run out of descriptive things to say, instead I just gush, “Oh my gosh, you guys, I loved it!” Today I read Smack Dab in the Middle of Maybe and, Oh my gosh, you guys, I loved it! I’ll try to tell you a few reasons why.

Cricket hasn’t led an easy life. Her father passed away, her grandmother passed away, and her mother ran off. Now she’s 13, living with an aunt, and trying to make sense of her life. Now that may seem like a depressing beginning, but I promise you, Smack Dab is not a depressing book. Instead, Cricket relies on her ingenuity, her good attitude, and wisdom from her parents to carry her through. Jo Hackl’s descriptions made me feel I was walking along with Cricket on her adventures, and her casual, measured storytelling fit the plot line perfectly.

The Perfect Book For: Kids (9 and up) and teens who love an adventure or a clue hunt, and adults who enjoy stories where kids overcome adversity.

*Okay, I’m not sure I relayed much real information about Smack Dab, but, oh my gosh, you guys, I loved it. Just give it a try.

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