Chirp is so many things: a mystery, a family story, and a story of the power of friendship. It's about learning to speak out when it seems the whole world would rather you shut up. Sure to be passed from kid to kid to kid (Laura Ruby, National Book Award Finalist and author of the York Trilogy)
Once again, Kate Messner has written a book that will be a dear and important friend to her readers. A loving and compelling ode to the joy of friendship, the many kinds of strength, and the everyday bravery of girls. (Anne Ursu, author of THE LOST GIRL)
Messner honors middle graders by exploring important, relevant issues at their level of understanding. This book will prompt discussions of gender inequality, consent, and sexual abuse. A must purchase. (Starred Review, School Library Connection)
Messner deftly weaves together myriad complex plot threads to form a captivating whole. . . . Rich, timely, and beautifully written. (Starred Review, Kirkus Reviews)
An effective, authentically wrought look at how fear and ignorance can lead people to treat those of different races or from different places with suspicion. Messner shines a light on the ways that people are blind to their own privilege while quick to judge others. (Publishers Weekly, starred review, on BREAKOUT)
An accessible format and a unique focus on contemporary issues of criminal justice and racial bias make this an essential purchase. (School Library Journal, starred review, on BREAKOUT)
A sensitive coming-of-age tale about waking up to injustice and where that knowledge can lead. (Kirkus Reviews on BREAKOUT)
Authentic . . . . Middle school worries and social issues skillfully woven into a moving, hopeful, STEM-related tale. (Starred review, Kirkus Reviews on THE EXACT LOCATION OF HOME)
Vivid characters and situations, along with clear, simple writing and plotting, make this an accessible and enlightening read. A gentle but truthful look at poverty and homelessness. (School Library Journal, starred review, on THE EXACT LOCATION OF HOME)
From acclaimed author Kate Messner comes the powerful story of a young girl with the courage to make her voice heard, set against the backdrop of a summertime mystery.
When Mia moves to Vermont the summer after seventh grade, she's recovering from the broken arm she got falling off a balance beam. And packed away in the moving boxes under her clothes and gymnastics trophies is a secret she'd rather forget.
Mia's change in scenery brings day camp, new friends, and time with her beloved grandmother. But Gram is convinced someone is trying to destroy her cricket farm. Is it sabotage or is Gram's thinking impaired from the stroke she suffered months ago? Mia and her friends set out to investigate, but can they uncover the truth in time to save Gram's farm? And will that discovery empower Mia to confront the secret she's been hiding--and find the courage she never knew she had?
In a compelling story rich with friendship, science, and summer fun, a girl finds her voice while navigating the joys and challenges of growing up.