Book Review ~ A+ Attitude by Stephanie Perry Moore

A+ Attitude
Stephanie Perry Moore
Morgan Love Series, Book 1
Juvenile Fiction

About the book:

The Morgan Love Series is a chapter book series written for girls, 7 - 9 years old. The series provides moral lessons that will aid in character development. It will also help young girls develop their vocabulary, english and math skills as they read through the stories and complete the entertaining and educational exercises provided at the end of each chapter and in the back of the book.

Morgan is sad and mad at the world because things are not going the way she wants them to go. Why does my daddy have to leave again to save the country? Why do I have to go live with mommy and her new husband? Why does my mommy have to have a new baby? Why do I have to go to a new school? Why do I have to make new friends? Why? Why? Why?

If Morgan got a grade for her attitude and her actions it would be an F. But after her mommy gets really sick and Morgan thinks her mommy is going to die she starts to feel bad about her attitude and realizes how mean she's been to almost everybody. Though she is having a hard time adjusting to all the new things in her life, especially her new baby brother and stepdad, Derek, Morgan makes up her mind that no matter what is going on, she is going to have an A+ attitude.

My thoughts:

My oldest granddaughter is now reading chapter books so I've been looking for some series that might interest her. I came upon this Morgan Love series and decided we would give it a try. We spent several nights snuggled up reading it together and truly enjoyed it.

The main character, Morgan, has a heap of change going on in her life. Her parents have divorced and her mother has remarried. Her father has been deployed with the Army and leaves at the very beginning of the book. Morgan's mom and step father are expecting a new baby and Morgan is resenting it. To top everything off Morgan has to go to a new school.

I was impressed with how real the characters felt. The dialog wasn't stilted in the least. Ms. Moore did a fabulous job of describing the very real emotions of a little girl going through all these changes. On many occasions Morgan was less than lovable and it came through as authentic. But my favorite part was the way the adults, especially the grandparents, handled her attitude. Everyone needs grandparents like Morgan's.

The only awkward part of the book for us was the reference of Morgan's grandmother as Mama and her mother being addressed as mom or mommy. I just self-edited when I was reading and inserted grandma where appropriate. It was much less confusing to my granddaughter that way.My granddaughter and I are really looking forward to reading the next four books in the series.

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1 comment:

  1. A+ Attitude is about a young girl who learns the value of family. This is a wonderful book for young readers. The main character is a second grader that many children can relate to and may have similar issues as Morgan portrays in the book. The act of change is difficult for young children just as much as it is for adults and this book provides a glimpse of how a child deals with change and the emotions it triggers. I appreciate the author including the end-of-the-chapter activities as a teaching tool so readers can learn throughout the book. I definitely recommend A+Attitude to others.


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