Tuesday, January 8, 2013
Written by: Lauren Myracle
Publisher: Amulet Books
Release Date: August 1, 2012
Series: The Flower Power series (Book 3)
Ages: 9 and up
Buy: Powell's | Barnes and Noble | amazon
Rating: 5 out of 5 stars - I loved it! I can't wait for book 4!
Synopsis: The Flower Power books follow the funny fifth-grade adventures of four girls with little in common but their flower names who, nevertheless, blossom into the greatest of friends.
Life for the Flower Power girls is never boring. With Milla still madly in crush with sweet Max, Katie-Rose is left wondering why everyone doesn’t find fifth-grade boys as disgusting as she does. Especially pesky, annoying Preston, whose new favorite pastime is throwing erasers at Katie-Rose’s head and who always seems to be around at Katie-Rose’s most embarrassing moments. Yasaman isn’t quite ready for a boyfriend either, but she does have a brilliant matchmaking plan for two of her favorite people, and she recruits the other girls to join. The targets: beloved teachers Mr. Emerson and Ms. Perez, who are meant for each other, even if they don’t know it. The goal: to bring those lovebirds together at their school’s “Lock-In,” a teacher-chaperoned evening of fun, fabulosity, and possibly even romance. The trouble? Ms. Perez isn’t planning on coming. And when the fourth flower friend, Violet, mysteriously pulls out, too, it seems as if the Lock-In will be no fun at all. But these flowers don’t wilt so easily . . .
Here's what MundieTween said, "You know how these books are fiction but they can relate to girls everywhere?" I answered, yes and she just sighed. To say that my daughter loves this series is to underestimate the amount of passion she has for it.
According to my daughter, this story deals with the "ups and down of fifth grade" and most of all those moments of puppy love. You remember them, don't you? Those first crushes before things become too dramatic in middle school (and let's not even discuss high school dramarama levels).
The plot centers around the "Lock In", a chaperoned, overnight shindig with all the possibilities of a little romance. But pizza fights occur, new iPhones are used and Project Teacherly Lurve may result in a love match. And we get to see why Violet pulls out of the Lock-in.
This book is a must-read for fans of the Flower Power series. As a fan of Lauren's YA writing, I'm so grateful she wrote a series that my daughter can enjoy. Now, judging by my daughter's love of these characters and their adventures, you can probably guess where I'll be today. That's right, at a bookstore because Awesome Blossom's release day is, you guessed it, today.
I would be most content if my children grew up to be the kind of people who think decorating consists mostly of building enough bookshelves. ~ Anna Quindlen
Good children's literature appeals not only to
the child in the adult, but to the adult in the child.
~ Anonymous ~