by Cindy Callaghan
Release Date: July 15, 2014
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My Rating: 5 of 5 Stars
Summary from goodreads.com:
After breaking a chain letter, can superstitious Megan find a way to turn her luck around?My Review:
Meghan McGlinchey is the most superstitious girl in her family, and probably in the entire state of Delaware. When she receives a chain letter from a stranger in Ireland, Meghan immediately passes it on, taking only a tiny shortcut in the directions.
But after a disastrous day, made complete by losing the election for class president and embarrassing herself in front of the entire school, Meghan realizes that tiny shortcut was a big mistake. Thankfully, her family was already headed to Ireland on spring break, and Meghan makes it her mission to find the original sender and break her extremely unlucky streak.
With the help of an eccentric cast of characters, and one very cute Irish boy, can Meghan figure out a way to stop her bad luck? Or is she cursed forever?
What an adorable book! I just loved it! I am definitely recommending it to my niece, a smart 6th grade girl, because that's exactly the perfect reader of this book. Some MG books can be geared more towards the younger end of the spectrum, but this book is so smart and the writing is sharp enough for an older MG reader while still having age-appropriate content. There was never a dull moment, and I just kept turning the pages to see what would happen next.
I read the author's first book in her international series, "Lost in London", and while I enjoyed it too, I really liked this book even more. I loved the 'homey' feel of the castle bed and breakfast that Meghan and her family stayed at. I also loved the idea that family was the main focus of the book, it was great to see Meghan meeting new members of her Irish family. The romance between Meghan and Finn was super adorable and completely perfect for this age group.
There was a lot of smart humor in this book, which was really refreshing. Meghan and Finn are driven around the Irish countryside by an eccentric older woman who wears a cape and has taken an oath of silence for the week. Meanwhile, two burly but overly sweet brothers have set their cap for Meghan's sister back at the bed and breakfast. I loved the vivid cast of characters and the peaceful Irish countryside setting made this such an enjoyable book to read.
Main Characters: 5/5
Supporting Characters: 5/5
Bottom Line: I loved this book, and I highly recommend it to MG readers (even the older ones) as well as grown ups who enjoy a great story.
About the author: Cindy Callaghan is the author of the middle-grade novels Just Add Magic (2010) and 2013’s Lost in London (Simon & Schuster). She is a full-time writer, animal advocate, and supermom. A native of New Jersey, Cindy lives, works, and writes in Wilmington, Delaware, with her family and numerous rescued pets. She loves hearing from fans, speaking at schools and conferences, and zip-lining.
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Disclosure: I received a copy of this book from the publicist in exchange for an honest review.