Welcome to the blog tour for Meet the Misfits and Odd Girl Out, a new middle grade series from the lovely Melody Carlson! I may be an adult, but I’m still a kid at heart, so every now and then I love reading books for younger readers. I kind of wish I had these books when I was a preteen – they could have brought me tons of encouragement!
Book: Zoey:Meet the Misfits & Zoey: Odd Girl Out
Author: Melody Carlson
Genre: Middle grade fiction for girls
Release Date: April 15/ August 15, 2019
Zoey’s pretty sure her life is over when her wannaba-rockstar mother uproots her from from their home in Seattle and deposits her in Nowheresville, Oregon to live with her whackadoodle grandparents. Things start to look up, though, when she reconnects with Louisa, the girl from across the street. Maybe, just maybe, Louisa won’t mind that Zoey’s always been a bit of a misfit. Louisa’s ex-BFF, however, doesn’t seem too happy to welcome Zoey to the neighborhood. And when they all end up at church camp together, it’s not just a matter of whether or not Zoey can fit in…it becomes a firsthand lesson in what it really means to “love your enemy.”
When the school year begins, Zoey’s terrified to go without Louisa—who’s out with a nasty flu. The same enemies she made over the summer are there to haunt her, but she and another new girl stick together…and even seem to find a place among the in-crowd. But is this who Zoey wants to be? Are they really her friends? Who’s going to stick beside her when cyber bullying leaves her as the odd girl out?
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Meet The Misfits:
This was a great introduction/back story to Zoey and her “troubled” life. What I like about it is that Zoey is just a regular kid with a broken home – she is not a Christian. I think our young people today need to see what life is like for those who don’t come from a Christian home, and hopefully be a better witness to them. Now, Zoey does learn about Jesus at a camp she gets to attend – and I love how Carlson wrote those scenes. First of all, Zoey didn’t automatically change into this holier-than-though, perfect person – a common misconception about Christians. She’s still Zoey, and she makes mistakes. But she’s trying and learning.
I think this is a great book for preteens and early teens to read. I think it’d be great for a youth group to read together, and discuss chapter by chapter! For both the saved and unsaved, I think Zoey provides a little encouragement and fun. I received a complimentary copy of this book. I was not required to write a favorable review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
Odd Girl Out:
In this story we see what peer pressure can really do to a person, if they allow it. When Zoey met her new “friend” I could see the writing on the wall. However, I like that Carlson wrote true to Zoey’s character. She latched onto Taylor because she didn’t want to be alone – something a lot of young girls can relate to. Was Taylor a good influence? Not even close. But unfortunately, as in real life, Zoey had to learn it the hard way – something as a reader I am thankful for.
Young girls today need realistic stories to help them. Had Zoey stayed on the straight path, there wouldn’t have been the same lesson to learn. Young readers need to see the consequences of giving into peer pressure, and how to remove yourself from it. Although you don’t see a huge faith theme until the latter part of the book, it is actually brought it at the exact right time, for the characters and for the readers.
Carlson is a seasoned writer, and I just love the way she writes realistic stories that we can learn from. This is another book I feel would be great for youth groups to read together, to discuss each chapter and how they would do things differently. What a wonderful learning opportunity that would provide. I received a complimentary copy of this book. I was not required to write a favorable review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
Melody Carlson has written more than 200 books for teens, women, and children. That’s a lot of books, but mostly she considers herself a “storyteller.” Her young adult novels appeal to teenage girls around the world. Her annual Christmas novellas become more popular each year. She’s won a number of awards (including RT’s Career Achievement Award, the Rita and the Gold Medallion) and some of her books have been optioned for film/TV. Carlson has two grown sons and makes her home in the Pacific Northwest with her husband and yellow Lab dog.
Being a tween these days is more complicated than ever. With our culture’s fast pace, social networking, peer pressure . . . growing up is hard to do. So I wanted to create a relatable character with some tough challenges. And Zoey Petrizzo definitely gets more than her fair share. About to start middle-school, Zoey is forced to relocate her life with her less than conventional grandparents. And it’s not easy! My hope is that readers will either relate to Zoey, or develop more empathy for ‘misfit’ kids like her.
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Andrea Christenson, August 30
Library Lady’s Kid Lit, August 30
Where Crisis & Christ Collide, August 31
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Book Bites, Bee Stings, & Butterfly Kisses, September 1
Remembrancy, September 1
Older & Smarter?, September 2
Artistic Nobody, September 2
Truth and Grace Homeschool Academy, September 3
Back Porch Reads , September 3
Through the Fire Blogs, September 4
Just the Write Escape, September 5
amandainpa , September 5
A Reader’s Brain, September 6
Patiently Waiting, September 6
Godly Book Reviews, September 7
Locks, Hooks and Books, September 7
Texas Book-aholic, September 8
For the Love of Books , September 8
Reader’s Cozy Corner, September 9
Vicky Sluiter, September 9
Hallie Reads, September 10
Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, September 10
janicesbookreviews, September 11
Inklings and notions , September 11
To celebrate her tour, Melody is giving away a grand prize package of Meet the Misfits and Odd Girl Out, Sketching Pencils, and a Sketchbook!!
Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway! Click the link below to enter.