Thursday, December 6, 2012

"Millicent Marie is Not My Name" ~ A Children's Book Review with a Giveaway

Millicent Marie is Not My Name is written by Karen Pokras Toz. I would say this book is mostly for the 10-13 year old crowd. My 10 year old son Brandon and I both had the pleasure of reading this book!

When my son first saw the cover of this book, he said, "Mom...why did you get me a girls book?!?". I reminded him to not judge a book by its cover ;) and to read it and give it a try. So he did...a bit begrudgingly. I soon noticed that he was constantly reading it! It took him only a few short hours to finish reading it as he is as avid of a reader as I am.

I asked him a few times while he was reading it what he thought of it so far. The first 2 or 3 times I asked him, he said, "Eh. It's okay.". By the third or fourth time I asked him, he exclaimed, "Mom, this is a really good book. It is so much better than I thought it would be! And guess what, Mom? She's a blogger like you!" I said, "What?" He said, "Yeah, Mom. Millie is a blogger like you. But she doesn't write about the stuff that you do. She blogs about stuff that is going on at her school and she gives advice to her classmates that email her."

Yes, Millie and I don't blog about the same stuff, but I thought it was intriguing for him to see a correlation to his own life in a book. I think it is great that the author used a modern form of technology in the book to grab her readers' attention. But now that I knew Millie was a blogger, I just had to read this book myself!

Millie didn't start out using her laptop with the intention of becoming a blogger. Without giving away too much of the story line, let's just suffice it to say that Millie has a little brother and boy, oh boy, did he pull a prank on her! Millie doesn't like her name so she blogs under a pen name - Amanda. This prevents her classmates from knowing who the blog's author really is - even her best friend!

Something that I really like about this book is that it emphasizes a few good morals  - keeping a promise is important, telling lies is not okay, and apologizing when you are wrong is something that you just need to do! (I was super glad to see my son READ these morals and not be TOLD them just by us. Sometimes our kids need to know that we aren't telling to do/not to do something just to be "mean" to them!)

Overall, my son really was surprised with how much he enjoyed this book. He will be entering middle school next year, just like Millie (although his middle school begins in 6th grade whereas hers begins in 7th grade). I think it was good for him to learn a little bit about what to "expect"!

Here is the "official" blurb to give you a little summation of the book:

Twelve-year-old Millicent Marie does not like her name. After all, she was named for a woman who died more than fifty years ago and was not the most loveable member of the Harris family. Her friends call her Millie, but when she writes in her diary she refers to herself as Amanda – the name she always wished she had.

When Millie’s younger brother finds her diary on her computer, he decides to publish it as a blog for the entire world to see, including the boy Millie has a crush on. In the midst of all the mayhem, Millie/Amanda discovers she is suddenly Springside Elementary’s most sought after sixth-grade mystery gossip and advice columnist.

But not all is fun and games, as Millie quickly learns, once she realizes feelings are at stake. Nobody, least of all Millie, expects things to turn out as they do in this tale of friendship and respect.

And here is some information for you about the author:
Karen Pokras Toz is a writer, wife and mom. Karen grew up in Connecticut and currently lives outside of Philadelphia with her husband and three children. In June 2011, Karen published her first middle grade children’s novel for 7-12 year olds called Nate Rocks the World, which won First Place for Children’s Chapter Books and the Grand Prize Overall in the 2012 Purple Dragonfly Book Awards, as well as placing first for a Global E-Book Award for Pre-Teen Literature. In 2012, Karen published the second in the Nate Rocks series, Nate Rocks the Boat, followed by middle grade novel, Millicent Marie Is Not My Name. Karen is a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers & Illustrators (SCBWI).

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Wondering where you can buy it yourself? This book would make a great stocking stuffer!

• Amazon paper book

• Amazon Kindle copy

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