book review MG fiction

Finding Esme

Since I’ve been back in the kid lit reading saddle I’ve been reading all tearjerkers. I need to consciously seek out a happy book this week. Not that this isn’t a good book- it is. I’ve just been crying a little over my kindle all week. Anyhow, here goes-

I really liked Esme, I loved how she figured things out and how when everything seemed to be tanking and she couldn’t catch a break she figured things out. Esme lives in rural Texas in (I’m guessing) late 1950’s and her family struggles financially and there are some weird family dynamics going on. I think kids will focus in one two parts of this story: finding a dinosaur (!!) and Esme’s possible “gift of sight” Her grandmother can find things and she thinks that Esme may have that gift as well. After she finds a dinosaur on her families farm the reader starts to be convinced as well.

This is not a sad book exactly, but it isn’t upbeat/happy either. I felt melancholy after reading it, I was happy that there was a good resolution, but it left me a little unsatisfied at the same time.

On the upside, there isn’t anything that I’d caution against and I’d hand it to any interested reader ages seven and up.

Please note that I received a free advance E ARC of this book from Edelweiss+ without a review requirement or any influence regarding review content should I choose to post a review. Apart from that, I have no connection at all to either the author or the publisher of this book.

Finding Esme by Suzanne Crowley

August 14, 2018

By Jenny Naughton

JENNY NAUGHTON and her husband share their 1930's era Chicago home with four sons and a daughter. A voracious reader, Jen reviews books before their release for dozens of publishers on her page: Windy City Reader. Jen also blogs (on WordPress!) about classical, mostly secular, home education at Good Enough Homeschool.
In her spare time, she runs an online book club for teens and helps other home educating family match their kids with the perfect book for them.
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