Chirp

By: Kate Messner

When Mia moves to Vermont the summer after seventh grade, she’s recovering from the broken arm she got falling off a balance beam. Packed away in the moving boxes under her clothes and gymnastics trophies is a secret she’d rather forget. Mia’s change in scenery brings day camps, new friends, and time with her beloved grandmother. But Gram is convinced someone is out to destroy her cricket farm. Is it sabotage or is Gram’s thinking impaired from the stroke she suffered months ago? Mia and her friends set out to investigate, but can they uncover the truth in time to save the farm? And will solving one mystery empower Mia to confront the secret she’s been hiding?

In a compelling story rich with friendship, science, and summer fun, a girl finds her voice while navigating the joys and challenges of growing up.

Author’s note.

ISBN: 9781547602810

JLG Release: Apr 2020


Sensitive Areas: Violence: Sexual Assault/Rape
Topics: Coming of age , Cricket farms , Friendship , Secrets , Sexual abuse , Mystery and detective stories , Vermont , Gymnastics , Summer camps

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Praise & Reviews

Starred or favorable reviews have been received from these periodicals:

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Messner crafts a timely “#MeToo” novel wrapped in intriguing parallel mysteries. What turned talented gymnast Mia away from the sport she loved after a fall and surgery? There’s a story she hasn’t told anyone. And who is sabotaging her Gram’s fledgeling cricket farm? In the summer after seventh grade, Mia finds the courage—and voice—t Messner crafts a timely “#MeToo” novel wrapped in intriguing parallel mysteries. What turned talented gymnast Mia away from the sport she loved after a fall and surgery? There’s a story she hasn’t told anyone. And who is sabotaging her Gram’s fledgeling cricket farm? In the summer after seventh grade, Mia finds the courage—and voice—to confront both. Helping Mia reclaim her strength are the skills she develops while attending two summer camps and a number of memorable female supporting characters. New friend Clover’s innate bravery and self-confidence help Mia remember she is strong, too. Gram almost steals the spotlight as the novel’s most inspiring character through her rich backstory and, like Mia, is determined to recover from a physical setback. Most male figures—both human and insect—are depicted as characters who are less mature and sensitive than their female counterparts. A male camper eventually apologizes to Mia’s friend Anna for making her feel uncomfortable with his advances. At Mia’s request, her mother tells her father about Mia’s past abuse to spare the teen re-telling her painful story to him; “Dad wasn’t great about talking about things like that.” The novel’s important themes successfully inspire and empower its audience. Mia’s shyness, aversion to gymnastics, and discomfort with unfamiliar boys and men clearly establishes the thematic subtext of the novel for young readers, even when the action is focused on the sabotage afoot. A novel that succeeds most as a carefully plotted, engaging mystery and middle grade–appropriate introduction to a serious and pervasive issue.

Book Details

ISBN

9781547602810

First Release

April 2020

Genre

Fic

Dewey Classification

F

Trim Size

8 1/4" x 5 1/2"

Page Count

240

Accelerated Reader

N/A

Scholastic Reading Counts

N/A

Lexile

N/A

Format

Print Book

Edition

Hardcover edition

Publisher

Bloomsbury USA

Potentially Sensitive Areas

Violence: Sexual Assault/Rape

Topics

Coming of age, Cricket farms, Friendship, Secrets, Sexual abuse, Mystery and detective stories, Vermont, Gymnastics, Summer camps,

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