Tracing Stars (Google eBook)
A charming novel about sisterhood, self-identity, and friendship from the author of Flutter
Indie Lee Chickory knows she's not as cool as her older sister Bebe. Bebe has more friends, for one. And no one tells Bebe she's a fish freak, for two. So when Indie accidentally brings her pet lobster to school, makes a scene, loses him in the ocean and embarrasses Bebe worse than usual, she makes a wish on a star to become a better Chickory. She tries to do this by joining the stage crew of the community's theater production, The Sound of Music. (Bebe has a starring role.) But Bebe is worried that Indie will embarrass her again, so she gives her a makeover and tells her who she should be friends with. That means Owen is out. But he's fun and smart, so Indie keeps her friendship with him a secret. At night, Indie and Owen rebuild a tree house into a ship in the sky to catch Indie's pet lobster. But during the day, Indie has to hide her friendship with Owen.
When things come to a head, Indie realizes that being true to yourself is more important than being cool. But what's even more surprising is that Bebe realizes it, too.
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - LibraryThing
This is wonderful story, with powerful writing. It will appeal to a broad age range and would make a great family read-aloud. In summing up the feel of this book, my mind mashed together Ramona Quimby and Huckleberry Finn. The element of always striving to be better versus the need to be true to oneself is integral to this story. Character development and consistency was beyond excellent. An example of what I mean is found in chapter 8 as Indie gets her first glimpse of Punk rocker, Sloth. Indie has always been fish obssessed and it follows through in this description, "Sloth is standing there looking at both of us. She has so many face rings, she looks like a fish that never gets caught but just drags the hooks away into the deep blue sea." This is how a real kid thinks. Whatever they are obssessed with spills over into every aspect of their lives. It's little details like this that catch a young reader.
Review: Tracing StarsUser Review - Goodreads
I thought the book Tracing Stars was a good book. I really liked the character of Indie, and how she was just a little different from everyone else. Indie would be a great and interesting friend to ...