Thursday, January 10, 2013
"McKenna" by Mary Casanova
McKenna far more than I enjoyed reading Chrissa (which surprised me, since both are written by Mary Casanova). McKenna is usually a good student, but she's not quite sure what to do when her grades begin to slip and she finds that she just can't keep up. She is finally assigned a tutor but doesn't know how to react when she finds out her new tutor is in a wheelchair. On top of this, McKenna is practicing her gymnastics routine in hopes of joining a competitive team- but what will happen when she gets injured? I liked that this book compacted quite a bit in a short amount of time. McKenna learns how to better manage her school work with the rest of her life, how to accept people that are different from her and how even when you work hard, things don't always go as planned. I felt that this book is what American Girl should be about- learning about the world around you and becoming a better person for it. I think McKenna is a wonderful role model for young girls (and really wish that there were more than two in the series). Out of the "Girl of the Year" books I have read so far, this is the one I recommend the most!