The author herself pegs the recommended age range as 1 to 92. If you like earnest slices of life from a middle schooler learning how to navigate life's starry expanse, while not getting into too much (or too little) trouble along the way, this book is for you.
I was privileged to read Kyle's story in draft form back in April 2013, back when I got the email saying that
First draft of the first book of my Middle Grade series now complete at 42,989 words. Pop-Rocks-covered strawberries for everyone, on me -- the next big thing in Junior High libraries the galaxy over.Never underestimate an author who likes pop-rocks-covered strawberries, people. And I just realized where my extra copy is going.
I still haven't finished reading the final published version, but I went back to my email archive to find out what I said about that first draft. I can quote snippets such as "warmed my heart" and "wonderful story" and "Hooray for Devil's Dinner!" (though I'm not sure that part survives into the final book). I can't find any words from 2013 that really do proper justice to this kind, thoughtful story, but maybe I'll edit this post once I come up with some new ones.