Thursday, January 30, 2020

Book Review With a Giveaway: Broken Promises by Melody Carlson

About the Book

Book: Broken Promises
Author: Melody Carlson
Genre: Middle Grade
Release Date: December 15, 2019

A school play sounds like fun…for some.

As she settles into life in the middle school of her new hometown, Zoey agrees to audition for the school play to encourage Louisa. Isn’t that what a BFF does? But she’s none too sure it’ll actually be fun—especially when she’s cast as a dog! Louisa really does need her support though when some of the older girls get upset at a sixth grader landing the lead role. Zoey does her best to be supportive and finally begins to feel really at home with her grandparents and at school.

Until someone pulls the plug on all her dreams.

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My Review

I loved this continuation of the Being Zoey series!  It definitely stands alone, but knowing what Zoey has been through makes this one all the better.  

The things that Zoey has been through have shaped her into a girl who knows who she is, and that's what I love about her.  She is a loyal friend, an industrious student, and a girl who is looking forward to a bright future.  And when she does not agree with the decisions made for her by some adults in her life, she is still respectful and obedient, even though it hurts.  It's wonderful that she has gotten to the point where she will pray about difficulties and trust God for the outcome.  There was also a theme throughout the book that highlighted how hurtful it is when people don't keep their promises.

Author Melody Carlson really knows how to write for this age level.  The plot, characters, and dialog are spot on for today's middle grade readers.  I highly recommend this book and the others in this series for middle grade girls.

I received an ARC of this book from Celebrate Lit for review purposes.  The thoughts expressed here are my own.

About the Author

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.

More from Melody

For many tweens, middle school is a jungle of insecurities, mean girls, and disappointments. As usual I gave Zoey plenty to deal with. Including a BFF with high expectations and an absentee mom who still hasn’t grown up. Even though some people let her down, Zoey keeps plugging along, even playing Sandy the dog in the school play. And through her struggles she changes and matures — kind of like real life.

Blog Stops

Library Lady's Kid Lit, January 18
janicesbookreviews, January 19
Debbie's Dusty Deliberations, January 20
For Him and My Family, January 21
deb's Book Review, January 22
Texas Book-aholic, January 23
Locks, Hooks and Books, January 24
Older & Smarter?, January 25
Mary Hake, January 25
Christian Bookaholic, January 26
Inklings and notions, January 27
Truth and Grace Homeschool Academy, January 28
Blogging With Carol, January 29
Remembrancy, January 29
Vicky Sluiter, January 30
Book Bites, Bee Stings, & Butterfly Kisses, January 31


To celebrate her tour, Melody is giving away the grand prize package of a copy of Broken Promises and the classic Annie movie (DVD or digital download, winner’s choice)!!

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

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