Here's One for your Christmas List, Plus a Giveaway!!

Take one offer to read a new Middle Grade novel, add in a favorite author, combine with a giveaway and you have a recipe for me to say, “Yes! Please!” Today I’m reviewing Meet the Misfits and its sequel Odd Girl Out by Melody Carlson. As a bonus, scroll down to find out how you can enter to win copies of these books for your middle schooler.

Melody Carlson is a favorite of mine. She is a super prolific, clean, Christian writer and writes in many genres. Chicklit readers should try I Heart Bloomberg; fans of Amish fiction can try A Simple Song; and those who crave historical fiction should look into The Mulligan Sisters series. Seriously, there is something for everyone in the Melody Carlson section of the library, each one as fun as the last. The woman is a powerhouse.

It will be no surprise that I enjoyed the two first books of the Being Zoey series (Meet the Misfits and Odd Girl Out). I thought the messaging was spot on (forgive your enemies, be kind, etc.) and fit seamlessly with the story without being preachy. I’m looking forward to reading more about Zoey and finding out where her life leads her.

While taking place in Middle School, Misfits and Odd Girl are written from the perspective of an 11 year old girl, so I would place the readership age of this novel in the 8-12 year range. Highly recommend! Put it on your Christmas list for a young reader in your life.

About the Books

Book: Zoey: Meet the Misfits & Zoey: Odd Girl Out

Author: Melody Carlson

Genre: Middle grade fiction for girls

Release Date: April 15/ August 15, 2019

Zoey’s pretty sure her life is over when her wannaba-rockstar mother uproots her from from their home in Seattle and deposits her in Nowheresville, Oregon to live with her whackadoodle grandparents. Things start to look up, though, when she reconnects with Louisa, the girl from across the street. Maybe, just maybe, Louisa won’t mind that Zoey’s always been a bit of a misfit. Louisa’s ex-BFF, however, doesn’t seem too happy to welcome Zoey to the neighborhood. And when they all end up at church camp together, it’s not just a matter of whether or not Zoey can fit in…it becomes a firsthand lesson in what it really means to “love your enemy.”

When the school year begins, Zoey’s terrified to go without Louisa—who’s out with a nasty flu. The same enemies she made over the summer are there to haunt her, but she and another new girl stick together…and even seem to find a place among the in-crowd. But is this who Zoey wants to be? Are they really her friends? Who’s going to stick beside her when cyber bullying leaves her as the odd girl out?

About the Author

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Melody Carlson has written more than 200 books for teens, women, and children. That’s a lot of books, but mostly she considers herself a “storyteller.” Her young adult novels appeal to teenage girls around the world. Her annual Christmas novellas become more popular each year. She’s won a number of awards (including RT’s Career Achievement Award, the Rita and the Gold Medallion) and some of her books have been optioned for film/TV. Carlson has two grown sons and makes her home in the Pacific Northwest with her husband and yellow Lab dog.

Blog Stops

A Baker’s Perspective, August 29

Blogging With Carol, August 29

Andrea Christenson, August 30

Library Lady’s Kid Lit, August 30

Where Crisis & Christ Collide, August 31

Christian Bookaholic , August 31

Book Bites, Bee Stings, & Butterfly Kisses, September 1

Remembrancy, September 1

Older & Smarter?, September 2

Artistic Nobody, September 2

Truth and Grace Homeschool Academy, September 3

Back Porch Reads , September 3

Through the Fire Blogs, September 4

Just the Write Escape, September 5

amandainpa , September 5

A Reader’s Brain, September 6

Patiently Waiting, September 6

Godly Book Reviews, September 7

Locks, Hooks and Books, September 7

Texas Book-aholic, September 8

For the Love of Books , September 8

Reader’s Cozy Corner, September 9

Vicky Sluiter, September 9

Hallie Reads, September 10

Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, September 10

janicesbookreviews, September 11

Inklings and notions , September 11



To celebrate her tour, Melody is giving away a grand prize package of Meet the Misfits and Odd Girl Out, Sketching Pencils, and a Sketchbook!!

Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway! Click the link below to enter.