If it goes well, great. And another.
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Currently available.
The map background is about the only thing saving this book cover. At least the cover model at least looks to be the same age as the girl in the story, and dressed in a way that is believable for Sarah as a character. Does it break the slate? Sarah is soft spoken, inquisitive, and a blossoming intellectual.
Who would we give it to? Sarah is a smart girl who examines the world with a scientific mind.
Set in the rural town of Red Bend, Wisconsin, the series tells the story of girl athlete D. Schwenk as she breaks gender barriers in sports and broadens her perspective on romance, relationships, and gender roles. Her name is Sarah Zorn.
Gender differences in perceived attractiveness
Does the name sound familiar? It should, because we originally met Sarah in the Dairy Queen series when she started dating D. In those books we heard D. Murdock has developed a terrific new character for this book.
Sarah and Curtis are best friends. Of course, a boy-girl friendship in middle school draws a lot of ridicule. After being mocked incessantly for hanging out so often, Sarah and Curtis decide to become fake boyfriend and girlfriend.
They have found that this keeps people from prying into their relationship. She might want a real one.
But that would be hard. Instead of communicating their romantic interests, Sarah and Curtis let the awkwardness grow and their friendship falls apart.
Since things are not going well with Curtis, Sarah is excited for the opportunity to take a trip to Rome with her grandma Z. Sarah worries about all kinds of little things that might make her trip difficult.
Her anxiety is spot-on, and I felt for Sarah because the worry was so realistic. One of the most Slatebreaking points of this book is when Sarah has to help Z out of a major emotional episode in Rome.
Murdock writes this plot development with grace. Z is experiencing natural disappointment, and she is not made to look silly for feeling down. I appreciated that Z could have a moment of emotional weakness without losing her characterization as a strong woman.
And although Sarah could have freaked out and called home, she shows herself to be more capable than even she can believe. She returns to Wisconsin the same girl, but more emotionally mature. Heaven is Paved With Oreos is a strong story about how travel and new experiences can help us grow. You are commenting using your WordPress. You are commenting using your Google .
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