About the book
Title: Finding Esme
Author: Suzanne Crowley
Publisher: Greenwillow Books
Date of Publication: 14th August, 2018
Formats: Hardcover, Audiobooks
Length: 288 pages
Genre: Middle Grade literature, Children’s literature, Fantasy, Fiction
Rating: 5/5 stars
Disclaimer: I received a free copy of the book as a part of the Blog Tour organised by Magico Libro Casa tours
Find it at: Goodreads, Amazon, Indigo, B&N, itunes, Kobo, TBD
Twelve-year-old Esme’s life changes when she discovers dinosaur bones on her family’s peach farm in Texas.
Fans of Wendy Maas and Lynda Mullaly Hunt
will love this perfectly pitched story about friendship, family, and loss from
Suzanne Crowley, the acclaimed author of The Very Ordered Existence of Merilee Marvelous.
After her grandfather died from a heart attack while driving his tractor on Solace Hill, twelve-year-old Esme’s been inextricably drawn to that spot, although her grandmother warns her to stay away. But when she follows her little brother, Bo, and her dog, Old Jack, up the hill while chasing fireflies, she makes an incredible discovery—dinosaur bones peeking out from underneath the abandoned tractor.
The bones must be a message from her
grandfather, a connection from beyond the grave. But when word gets out that
the farm is hiding something valuable, reporters, researchers, and neighbors
arrive in droves. Esme struggles to understand who has her best interests at
heart, especially as the memory of her grandfather begins to slip away.
Full of friendship and adventure, and
featuring a palpable Texas setting, Finding
Esme is a moving and heartfelt story about family, friendship,
and learning to deal with loss.
From acclaimed author Suzanne Crowley, this engaging adventure set on a Texas peach farm is just right for fans of Rebecca Stead and Ann M. Martin.
I love reading Middle Grade books. They have a sense of purity that adult books sorely lack. I’ve been wanting to read Finding Esme ever since it was released and was over the moon when I got a chance to be a part of this blog tour.
The book begins with the description of Esme’s family life. While you pity the little girl for the lack of parental love, you can’t help but admire her grit. She seems to have inherited her wilfulness from her grandmother along with her ability to ‘find’ things. I was glad that the author described their gift as being highly attuned to intuitions and signs from nature rather than ascribing it purely to magic.
The descriptions of familial duty, estranged love, need for parental approval, sisterly concern, and the tortures of coming of age were rendered beautifully. The book even manages to put across messages of body positivity and being at peace with oneself. There were times where I had tears in my eyes for the little girl who had to grow up well before her time. I was glad that the author found an authoritative figure who she could look up to and that not every adult in her life betrayed her. Bo gives a much-needed lightness to the story when you are heartbroken at how their mother treats them. I enjoyed every aspect of the book and can’t wait to read more of the author’s work.
Suzanne Crowley is the author of two acclaimed novels for young readers, The Very Ordered Existence of Merilee Marvelous and The Stolen One. The author, who is also a miniaturist and dollhouse collector whose work has graced the covers of magazines worldwide, was born in a small town in Texas and lives in Southlake, Texas. After living all over the United States, Suzanne and her family now make their home back in her native state of Texas.
Her work include:
- The Very Ordered Existence of Merilee Marvelous (2007)
- The Stolen One (2009)
- Finding Esme (2018)
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