Ten Good and Bad Things About My Life So Far by Ann M. Martin
7 word review: Life’s challenging when dad loses his job.
Realistic fiction. Second in a series. Reads well as a stand-alone novel. Share with ages 8-12.
Day 1 of 5th grade, and Pearl’s received the dreaded assignment: write an essay (with an outline!) about summer vacation. As if there is anything worse: Pearl’s dad lost his job right before summer, causing chaos. No vacation to the Wild West, no more delivery and dining out, no more car. Worse, her older sister is the CIT (counselor-in-training) at day camp and her BFF is mad at her. Summer isn’t what Pearl expected, but that’s not to say that it was horrible. With a lovely nod to the idea that “life is what you make of it”, Martin highlights the importance of family and perspective in financially-challenging times.