The Year of the Book by Andrea Cheng is a gentle, slight story for middle-grade readers.
Anna is having friend troubles: her ex-best-friend Laura is now hanging
around with Allison, a mean but popular girl, leaving Anna on her own.
Anna escapes into the pages of books -- but when Laura is facing serious
problems at home, can Anna let go of her resentment and remember how to
be Laura's true friend?
The best descriptor I can come up with
for this book is "nice" -- it's not going to rock anyone's world, but
it's a nice, gentle sort of story. Girls like Anna, who escape into
books and have friendship troubles and run-ins with mean girls, will see
themselves in this book. There's also an element of diversity as Anna
learns to respect her Chinese heritage. A pleasant read, but I won't
seek out others in the series.
(Reviewed from an advance copy, courtesy of the publisher.)