Charmed Life #1: Caitlin's Lucky Charm by Lisa Schroeder
"Caitlin would stay at summer camp forever if she could. Her new best friends in the world, Hannah, Mia, and Libby are there. And at home? Everything's different: Her dad is worried he might be losing his job; her mom is repainting the whole house and making the kids volunteer at a soup kitchen; and Caitlin is starting sixth grade at a new school, where none of the girls are as fun or friendly as her Cabin 7 BFFs. But Caitlin has a good-luck charm -- or a good-luck charm bracelet anyway. The Cabin 7 girls bought it together, and Caitlin is taking the first turn wearing it. She's sure it will help turn her luck around . . . but when?"- summary from Amazon
I absolutely loved this cute new middle-grade series from Lisa Schroder. I've stayed up to date on her YA books, but this is my first look into her middle-grade writing (Schroeder has also written the Cupcake trilogy). Even though we only have gotten Caitlin's POV in this book (the other three girls each get their own book; Mia's was released yesterday as well, with the other two to follow later this year), I really got a sense of each of the girls and their great friendship bond. I feel like a lot of girls will identify with what Caitlin is going through being a new kid at school, family drama, and school activities.
Overall, a great middle-grade debut and I'm eager to read more (I have book 2 as an e-galley!)!
FTC: Received ARC from author (signed!). Link above is an Amazon Associate link; any profit goes toward funding contests.
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