Did you love Dumplin’? Me too. Dear Sweet Pea is Julie Murphy’s first Middle Grade book.
Patricia “Sweet Pea” DiMarco is having a bit of a rough year. Her parents are getting divorced, she’s got friend drama in middle school and on top of all that she starts answering letters written to her neighbor’s advice column.(without permission)
- I’m a sucker for a cute cat and her cat Cheese and all his antics made me smile.
- I Love how hard her parents try to make things okay for her, when they just can’t fix the way things have to be now.
- Giggled at her parents’ attempt to keep things “normal” by living in twin houses on the same street. Weird, yet endearing.
- Oscar- the best of best friends
This is a quick, easy read for the middle school reader in your world. As always, Julie models lots of body positivity and her characters have authentic reactions to their circumstances which is always awesome for this age of readers to see and hopefully emulate.
Two thumbs way up! You’ll have to wait a while for this one as right now I see the publish date as October 1, 2019.