Friday, January 12, 2018

"The Summer of the Carousel" by Renee Riva

About this book:

  “A charming time in a charming town~
  “Me and Nellie watch to see who won Miss Hog Eye Holler this year. You don’t find out who won ‘til she comes floating down Lavender Lane on her royal float, waving and chucking candy at everyone. “How long ago was it that you won Miss Hog Eye Holler, Nellie?” I ask her.
Nellie shakes her head and laughs. “Too many moons ago to count!” she answers. Nellie is still pretty as can be so it couldn’t have been that long ago. Just as we are talking about it, who should come around the bend but Miss Sandra Jane Jacobs in her long lavender sequin gown and purple high heels on top of her pink and purple floral float. Sandra Jane is the older sister of Emma Jean, who is the girlfriend of Billy Ray Baxter, who is the hunk of Hog Eye Holler. So I’m just a tinge bit jealous that Emma Jean gets to ride up there on that float with her beauty queen sister. “I sure would like to ride on that float myself someday,” I told Nellie, “but only if I can wear my over-alls instead of that skimpy long dress and high heels. I would trip for sure in those tall shoes right off the side of that float, trying to wave and throw candy at same time. I’d bust my front teeth right out, and then I’d look just awful for the newspaper photo.” This is what I say so when the time comes for me to lose the Miss Hog Eye Holler contest, I won’t feel quite so bad.
Nellie smiles. “Oh, you still got a few years yet to practice.”
~ A summer like this comes along only once a lifetime~”

Series: Book #2 in the “Mazie May” series. Review of Book #1 Here!

Spiritual Content- Philippians 1:6 at the beginning; Church going; Talks about God & not judging; ‘H’s are capital when referring to God; Mentions of God; Mentions of churches, church going, services, & priests; Mentions of Heaven; Mentions of a girl who was like an angel; A few mentions of prayers & praying;
             *Note: A few mentions of a place kids think is haunted.

Negative Content- Minor cussing including: a ‘dang’, a ‘darn’, a ‘heck’, an ‘idiot’, a ‘stupid’, an ‘oh my gosh’, an ‘oh my word’, and two forms of ‘dumb’; Planning to bombard a group of people with water balloons & mentions of it (no gets hurt); Mentions of planning to get revenge (nothing hurtful, just tricks/pranks); A few mentions of prison, a possibly stolen item, & being arrested; A couple mentions of drinking & beer; A couple mentions of betting; A couple mentions of spankings; A couple mentions of gossip; A mention of a war; A mention of men cussing; A mention of jealousy;
             *Note: Many mentions of stereotypes about gypsies (Mazie realizes that they’re not always true near the end); Mentions of songs & singers; A mention of Girl Scouts.

Sexual Content- Mentions of dates, dating, & girlfriends; A mention of a boy being the ‘hunk’ of the town; A mention of cute boys;
             *Note: A mention of a skimpy dress; A mention of running your fanny off.

-Mazie May Farley, age 12(?)
                                1st person P.O.V. of Mazie
                                                Set around 1959/1960
                                                        128 pages

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My personal Rating-

Whaaaaat was that last line? Ohmygoodness! I’m very much hoping there will be more books in this series about Mazie May!
I loved the ending few chapters and this sweet pre-teen book had a very good lesson about not judging people based on their looks or stereotypes.

See y’all on Monday with a new review!

*BFCG may (Read the review to see) recommend this book by this author. It does not mean I recommend all the books by this author.
*I received this book for free from the Author for this honest review.

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