I liked Tall Tales so much (Karen Day’s first book) that I could barely wait until my youngest finished No Cream Puffs to read it. This is a story of how 12 year old Madison becomes a local celebrity by doing nothing special- well, in her mind anyway – she just wants to play baseball. And the fact that she is the first girl to play in the boy’s league in Michigan (the story set in the 1970’s) is a very big deal to a lot of people, some supportive, some not. Karen Day does a great job of grasping the feelings of a middle-schooler – the insecurities, the drastically fast ebb and flow of friendships (especially that of girls), and finding out who you really are and what you care about – it’s something that eludes many adults. I liked everything about this book and your tween will, too. You don’t have to be a huge baseball fan to like it either – but it might make you want to go toss a ball or at the very least, cheer on your local team.
So on with my Young Adult fiction read-a-thon. Just read Tall Tales by Karen Day – – her first novel and it was wonderful. Here is a summary:
Meg has a secret…actually it is the family’s secret. Her father is an alcoholic. Meg makes up elaborate stories so that people won’t come over and set him off or see him drunk. The whole family has learned to walk on eggshells around him and they have moved many times to accommodate his inability to stay sober and engaged on the job. No surprise, his father was an alcoholic, too, and he was physically and verbally abused as a child. (more…)