About the Book
Book: Taking Chances
Author: Melody Carlson
Genre: Middle Grade
Release Date: April 15, 2020
Zoey knows her days are numbered. At least when it comes to remaining in Cedarville. So when Louisa coaxes her to be part of a garage band, Zoey tosses her insecurities aside to make music with her friends. And she even goes out for the basketball team. But what will happen when her mom shows up and pulls the plug on everything?
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In My Opinion
Zoey is back and facing some new challenges in her young life (and some not-so-new ones pop up again too).
In Taking Chances, Zoey discovers she and her best friend Louisa have different interests. But she’s learning to stand up for herself and say no to her friend instead of getting dragged along.
Melody Carlson adds another (smaller) focus on bullying and brings in many characters from the previous three books, giving them a more prominent role in book four of the Being Zoey series. Zoey’s new faith is blossoming and it shows juxtaposed next to many of her friends.
If you are looking for a series for your tween girl(s), Zoey is a great role model. She doesn’t always do things the right way and her emotions often overpower her decisions, but she learns the important lessons from them. She discovers that family, friendships, and speaking up are important.
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About the Author
Melody Carlson has written more than 200 books (with sales around 6.5 million) for teens, women, and children. That’s a lot of books, but mostly she considers herself a “storyteller.” Her young adult novels (Diary of a Teenage Girl, True Colors etc.) 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.
More from Melody
Sometimes I feel guilty for ‘torturing’ my teen and tween characters, but I do it for my readers. It’s not easy being an adolescent, and reading about someone who’s facing hard times is comforting. But in the final Zoey book, I really wanted to give her some victories too. So when challenges come her way, she stands up to them. And she even puts her newly found faith to work. The goal is for readers to feel hopeful about their own lives when they see Zoey rise above her tough circumstances.
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