Wednesday, August 27, 2014
Today I'm spotlighting Liberty Belle, an adorable new middle grade by Emily Ungar.
I think the best way to spotlight this book is with an excerpt:
Today is my twelfth birthday, and I’m in the backseat of our family Subaru holding a dead goldfish. Poor Frank bit it somewhere between Georgia and Washington D.C., and now I’m holding a sandwich bag full of water and the lifeless remains of last summer’s carnival prize. Dad and I wanted to leave Frank’s little body in a nice puddle somewhere along the highway, but Mom pointed out that the moving van would have to stop, too, and we would create a scene.
Mom’s biggest fear is creating a scene, and Dad’s biggest fear is upsetting Mom–that’s why I have my lime-green iPod in my left hand and my dearly departed goldfish in my right hand. Oh, and we’ve just moved away from the only house I’ve ever known, on my birthday to boot, so I’m miserable. At least I got a new iPod and permission to have a Twitter account out of the deal. Parental guilt equals appealing personal electronics.
I love this character's quirky voice and innocent observations about the "grown up world" around her. You can read a longer sample of Liberty Belle on Amazon. The book is also available on Barnes & Noble and Smashwords
Check it out, it's seriously too cute!