AUTHOR: Nicole C. Kear
RELEASE DATE: April 21st, 2021
GENRE(S): Middle Grade Fiction--Contemporary, Adventure
BUY LINK: https://bookshop.org/a/11727/9781250219831
Margaret is tired of everything always changing. Middle school has gone from bad to worse. Her best friend is becoming a stranger. And her family—well, it's not even a family anymore.
So Margaret is running away to Foreverland, her favorite amusement park. Hiding out there is trickier than she expects--until she meets Jaime, a thrill-seeking, fast-thinking runaway who teaches Margaret how to stay one step ahead of the captain of security.
At first, this after-hours, all-access pass to the park is a dream come true: sleepovers in the Haunted House, nonstop junk food, and an unlimited ticket to ride. But as the runaways learn each other’s secrets, they must face the reasons they left their normal lives behind. With the Captain closing in and Jaime's future on the line, can Margaret finally take control?
This middle grade book is sure to be an enjoyable read for middle schoolers and for those still young at heart.
Middle school can be hard. Changing friendships, new responsibilities, and a deeper awareness of societal expectations. It's a rough point in life where you can be treated like a kid one moment and then in another you're treated like an adult. There's usually never a smooth transition from child to teen.
And protagonist Margaret knows this better than anyone. She's surrounded by constant change. Most of it not good. When things finally become too overwhelming for the socially anxious Margaret, she decides to runaway to the last place she remembers being truly happy: Foreverland.
It's in Foreverland where Margaret meets fellow runaway Jaime. As Margaret and Jaime adventure throughout Foreverland, Margaret begins to grow and learn a valuable lesson now that she's finally away from her family problems and the pressures of middle school.
Yes, change can be overwhelming. But it's impossible to live in the past. You have to confront the present to carve out a future for yourself even if it's painful to do so at first.
Which is why I believe that Foreverland will make a great addition to classroom and school libraries. Foreverland is magical, funny, and addresses common problems and emotions that children experience. Many kids often go through a tough period in middle school, but it's quirky characters like Margaret that serve as a comforting reminder that things will get better.
About the Author
Nicole C. Kear is the author of the memoir Now I See You (St. Martin’s Press), chosen as a Must-Read by People, Amazon, Martha Stewart Living, Parade, Redbook, and Marie Claire UK among others. Her books for children include the middle grade novel Foreverland, the chapter series The Fix-It Friends, and the middle grade series The Startup Squad, co-written with Brian Weisfeld (all published by Macmillan Kids’ Imprint). Her essays appear in the New York Times, Good Housekeeping, New York, Psychology Today, Parents, as well as Salon, the Huffington Post and xoJane. She teaches non-fiction writing at Columbia University and the NYU School of Professional Studies.
A native of New York, she received a BA from Yale, a MA from Columbia, and a red nose from the San Francisco School of Circus Arts. She lives in Brooklyn with her husband, three children and two teddy bear hamsters.
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