You guys must know by now that middle grade is my favorite genre. I can't emphasize enough how much I love a good middle grade voice, and I'm always so excited to find a character with a voice so strong that it sticks out in my mind.
BAD HAIR DAY by Adrienne Vincent Sutton has one of those memorable voices.
A summary (from Goodreads.com):
Gabby McGee is a 12-year-old girl trying to shed her “bad hair,” her parent’s strict rules, and her insecurities—all at the same time. If only she could change her hair from nappy, kinky, and unruly, to straight, long, and flowing, she could finally fit in. But she soon learns that going behind her mother’s back to get a chemical hair relaxer isn’t the way to do it. After a failed trip to the hair salon leaves her in debt, she devises a hair-brained scheme to pay it off, which involves her crush, a French kiss, and a bake-off. Is it just crazy enough to work? Is changing her hair really what she wants? Or, could the money troubles of a classmate at her snooty private school cause her to change her attitude instead?
Gabby was such a fun character to follow around. Anyone who has ever felt insecure about anything regarding their looks will relate to her troubles. I recommend this book for kids and adults who love middle grade! You can find BAD HAIR DAY on Amazon as an e-book and paperback.
Have you read any good middle grade books recently?
P.S. Not to try to jump back in the spotlight when it's on somebody else today, but if all goes well, I'm planning to release ONE HUNDRED THIRTY STARS on March 11! I'll keep you guys updated on its release!