Thursday, May 11, 2017

LEMONS by Melissa Savage Blog Tour

I'm honored to be part of the blog tour for LEMONS, Melissa Savage's refreshing MG debut novel.




Lemons by Melissa Savage (May 2, 2017, Crown Books for Young Readers, 320 pages, for ages 8 to 12)

Synopsis (from the publisher):  Lemonade Liberty Witt’s mama always told her: When life gives you lemons, make lemonade. But Lem can’t possibly make lemonade out of her new life in Willow Creek, California—the Bigfoot Capital of the World—where she’s forced to live with a grandfather she’s never met after her mother passes away.

Summer seems to bring Lem lemons upon lemons as she deals with an entire new life without any of the comforts of her old home—and then she meets Tobin Sky.

Eleven years old and the CEO of Bigfoot Detectives Inc., Tobin is the sole Bigfoot investigator for their small town. After he invites Lem to be his assistant for the summer, they set out on an epic adventure to capture the elusive beast on film. But along the way, Lem and Tobin end up discovering more than they ever could have imagined. And Lem realizes that maybe she can make lemonade out of her new life after all.


Why I recommend it: The voice captivated me from Page 1. Lemonade Liberty Witt is a 10-year-old you won't soon forget. Written in first person present tense, this sometimes bittersweet, always refreshing story has an immediacy that makes you feel all the feels right alongside Lemonade.

Yes, this is one of those novels where the mother has just died. But it's so well handled, and Tobin and grandfather Charlie and even minor characters like Mrs. Dickerson are so real and likable, you'll find yourself won over, even if you normally turn down novels where a parent dies. Surprisingly, there's a great deal of humor here. Perhaps that's what charmed me, that and the rollicking search for Bigfoot. No spoilers, but the adventure is worth the ride.

In addition, short chapters and lots of dialogue make this a fast, easy read.

Favorite lines (Lemonade's first impression of her grandfather, Charlie): "He's missing the middle part of his hair, like someone divided his head up into thirds and subtracted the center." (p. 12)

Bonus: The story actually takes place in 1975, at a time when you still had to get up to turn off the TV or change the channel. I think it was a brilliant move on the author's part, because these kids have no cell phones, no computers, no distractions to keep them from going outside.



Melissa Savage
Photo credit: Jerri Parness Photography

If you missed it, here's an interview with the author on Caroline Starr Rose's blog

The blog tour continues!

May 12: YA Books Central
May 13: Cafinated Reads
May 15: Middle Grade Mafioso


14 comments:

  1. This sounds like a real winner. I will check it out. Thanks for the review.

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    1. Thanks for stopping by, Rosi. I'm actually away at the moment with spotty internet, and will catch up on blogs when I'm back.

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  2. This sounds like a book I will enjoy. Adding it to my list. The MC sounds interesting and I like that it takes place in the 70s. Thanks for sharing!
    ~Jess

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    1. This book has a lot going for it, Jess.

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  3. I love the cover and the plot is so unique and fun. Thanks for advanced look. I've added it to my TBR list.

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    1. I suspect you'll be hearing a lot about this book, Greg.

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  4. I agree on the good move to set it in 1975. Ancient history for today's middle grade readers! ;)

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    1. Ha, ancient history. And to think I was in college then...

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  5. Oh, what a grand summer adventure for teens. In the 50s, 60s, and 70s, we planned outdoor summer adventures and it was fun. I'd love this book. I want a copy of this one.

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  6. This book sounds great! This is the second post I saw about it from the blog tour, so I'll be sure to read it. Thanks for the review!

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    1. I still need to check out some of the other blogs, myself.

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  7. This sounds wonderful! I'm loving the cover, too. Best of luck to Melissa!

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