Monday, September 3, 2018
Middle Grade Monday and Review: The Girl with More Than One Heart by Laura Geringer Bass
The Girl with More Than One Heart by Laura Geringer Bass. 240 p. Amulet Books/ Abrams, April, 2018. 9781419728822. (Review of finished copy courtesy of publisher.)
Happy Labor Day Monday, TMS Readers. Well, Tomorrow is back to school for me. I had a wonderful summer filled with gardening, yoga, walks with my dogs, a bit of travel and lots of reading. I can't wait to see you all on Thursday!
Middle Grade Monday features The Girl with More Than One Heart by Laura Geringer Bass. Life with a special needs brother sure is complicated for eighth grader Briana. It doesn't leave her mother with a lot of time or energy for Briana; but that is fine with her because she has her dad. He's her favorite parent and, she has a sneaking suspicion that she's his favorite. When he dies suddenly, it is Briana who discovers him slumped over his exercise bike. She also discovers the presence of a second heart right near her stomach. One that talks to her in her father's voice acting as her conscience and saying cryptic things such as, "Find her." As her mother slips into a grief-induced depression, care of her brother falls increasingly to Briana, leaving her no time to do anything for herself. Luckily, she has her grandpa Ben and his stories.
This tender story of healing is perfect for readers who love sad books. The story flashes from past to present and back and the writing is lovely. Eighth grade drama is spot on, as is the heartbreak of grief on a young family.