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Saturday, October 19, 2013

Kit Lit Review Winget's Book for Middle Grades

Title: A Smidgen of Sky
Author: Dianna Dorisi Winget
Author site: http://www.diannawinget.com
Genre: contemporary middle grade
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (2012)
ISBN# 9780547807980

Reviewed by Sue Morris originally for  Kid-Lit Reviews

About the Story:  Eleven-year-old Piper Lee’s mama is engaged to marry Ben Hutchings, a prison guard.  Piper’s daddy disappeared while flying his Piper Cub plane and is presumed dead.  Piper refuses to believe this, and keeps waiting for the day he walks back through the front door.  Five years is a long time to wait.  Ben also has a daughter who is Piper’s age, but they are as different as a horse and a zebra.  Piper is looking for a plan to stop the wedding of her mama and Ginger’s daddy and finds one in Operation Find Tina. 

What I Thought:  A Smidgen of Sky is wonderfully written, with distinctive characters and full of Southern charm.  Piper Lee is the narrator and her voice is unforgettable.  She is holding on to her father’s memory, hoping he will find his way home and life can return to normal.  Mama has made her peace and is ready to move on by marrying Ben.  Piper doesn’t understand this and plans to stop the wedding.  She finally gets her plan when finding out Ginger’s mother left her shortly after being born.  The plan is to reunite Ginger with her mother, who will then reunite with Ben.  How Piper does this is both humorous and heartbreaking.  The debut middle grade novel A Smidgen of Sky, is a wonderful read kids will love. Ms. Winget explores blended families, single parents, death and mourning, Internet predators, and a few others as Piper Lee grows from a petulant ten-year-old to a wiser eleven-year-old.


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1 comment:

Dianna Winget said...

Thanks so much for reprinting this great review, Carolyn! A Smidgen of Sky was chosen as an IndieBound New Voices Pick, and I'm celebrating its first anniversary in print.