Saturday, August 14, 2010

Kid Konnection: The Contest by Caroline Stellings

The Contest by Caroline Stellings (Rated: C)
Second Story Press
ISBN: 978-1897187647
Published Aug 12, 2009
Paperback, 123 pages

This was another winner for my daughter and me in the Gutsy Girl Series published by Second Story Press. This time the gutsy girl is Rosy Taylor, a Native Canadian (she’s half Mohawk) who lives in a single parent family with three brothers. Although their economic situation is dire, they are a close-knit family brought up with loving care and good family values. The story centers on Rosy’s desire to enter and win an Anne of Green Gables look-alike contest because the prize is a brand new set of Anne books. And Rosy doesn’t own new books.

Rosy is a great character—smart, courageous, determined and sometimes rude and selfish, but she comes through at the end of the book, revealing the depth of her character. She is perfectly flawed, and my daughter and I liked her. I enjoyed the cast of mixed characters from Mr. and Mrs. Spinelli to Mr. Wing and the hairstyling duo, Jay and Sebastian. Rosy also meets rich Lydia Parker who does look like Anne of Green Gables and who inadvertently changes Rosy’s perspective on several things in life. Rosy’s situation and her positive outlook despite the things she lacked are gentle lessons for my own daughter who gets brand new books monthly and doesn’t have to worry about whether we can afford to send her to university.

Again, this was a great mother/daughter read and we both definitely look forward to the next book to come out in the Gutsy Girl Series.

Every Saturday, Booking Mama hosts a feature called Kid Konnection—a regular weekend feature about anything related to children's books. If you'd like to participate in Kid Konnection and share a post about anything related to children's books (picture, middle grade, or young adult) from the past week, visit Booking Mama.

Disclosure: Thanks to Annie from Second story Press for sending me this book for review. I was not compensated in any other way, nor told how to rate or review this product.

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  1. Rosy does sound like a great character! I love characters that are strong, but also very real.

  2. This is another new book to me! It does sound like one that would be perfect for a mother-daughter book club discussion.

    Thanks for sharing!

  3. This book sounds great. My daughters would like it. I review too and am at thriftymommasbrainfood. I am trying to folo you but the bb won't let me for some reason. I like this blog and will keep trying. You have good giveaways.

  4. Hi Paula, thanks for visiting! I must check out your blog too.


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