Monday, July 9, 2012

Bibliophile's Corner

Iva Honeysuckle
Discovers the World
by Candice Ransom

Flap Copy Description:
Eight-year-old Iva Honeycutt is sure that she's destined for greatness. And this summer Iva has big plans for he first great discovery: finding General Braddock's treasure, which was buried somewhere in her small town of Uncertain, Virginia, during the French and Indian War. And to make sure she's up to  the task, she invents a new name for her discoverer self - Iva Honeysuckle.
Still, even a great discoverer can hit a few bumps along the road. Like Iva's bossy double-first cousin, Heaven. and her great-grandfather Ludwell's treasure map not being exactly crystal clear. And on top of it all, her supposedly trusty dog, Sweetlips, is falling asleep on the job.
Must Iva do everything on her own?

My Thoughts:
Candice Ransom is the author of more than one hundred books for children - the newly-released Iva Honeysuckle Discovers the World is her latest. This amazing chapter book contains some of the best dialogue and character development that I've read in a long time. However, the plot seems a bit weak to me, but then I am more accustomed to reading MG and YA novels. Chapter books are usually meant for the younger MG reader, and it does relay a wonderful message regarding the importance of friendship. I would recommend Iva Honeysuckle Discovers the World to readers up to the age of eight.
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  1. I love YA with a little bit of history thrown in.

    Thanks for sharing the review.

  2. Thanks, Victoria. I'll have to check this one out. I'm trying to learn to write for this age group. :)

    1. Thanks, Linda. Reading this book gave me a clearer understanding between the chapter book and the MG novel. Writing for this age group is a challenge! :-)

  3. Another great review! Thanks Victoria.

    I gave you an award on my blog today =)