I don’t usually read Middle Grade books for readers of this age, but I was checking out another of Melody Delgado’s books, ROYALLY ENTITLED, and after reading first-page samples of both, decided to buy this one too.
I enjoyed the lively, chatty voice of the main character, Daisy. The pacing was good, the characters fun. I loved the humor, such as their new dog eating like a “high-voltage vacuum cleaner.” It was a nice surprise to see her family going to church and Daisy thinking about the sermon afterward. Her doing so wasn’t preachy or dwelt upon in any length, but rather more as a natural thread that was organic to the character’s growth; that was refreshing, since most books for kids this age don’t include any religion or religious thoughts.
Throughout the novel, there were great explorations about following one’s dreams, navigating the storms of friendship, and untangling the definition of success. I recommend this book, especially for “middle grade” readers ages 8-12.
Who wants to be stuck wearing a shaggy dog outfit or a chicken suit on television? Twelve-year-old aspiring singer, actress, Daisy De la Cruz, that’s who. She’ll do and wear just about anything to get ahead in the entertainment industry. But will all her embarrassing moments pay off and land her a spot in her arts magnet school’s coveted master class where she’ll be rubbing shoulders with top professionals in the entertain-ment industry? Or will she be doomed to play the role of an animal, vegetable or min-eral forever?
About the Author
Melody Delgado is a classically trained vocalist and has performed in concerts, recitals and conferences along the east coast and overseas. She was also a music educator for a number of years in both Florida and Massachusetts. Her first job after college was working for an NBC-TV affiliate where she did voiceovers and also shot a commercial where she played the role of a clown. She squeezed a squeaky toy bugle as she sashayed in front of the camera. Melody has also led and served in benevolent ministries in North America and the Middle East. She currently works as a writer. Look for more books about Daisy and her quirky family in upcoming books included in the series, The De La Cruz Diaries. She has also written ROYALLY ENTITLED, an inspirational romance for women and teens, part of the Brides of Brevalia Series, also published by Clean Reads. You can find her on facebook, twitter and at her website. Melody lives in Florida with her husband and children.