Wednesday, August 13, 2014
Half a Chance
Scholastic Press, 2014
When Lucy's family moves to an old house on a lake, Lucy tries to see her new home through her camera's lens, as her father has taught her -- he's a famous photographer, away on a shoot. Will her photos ever meet his high standards? When she discovers that he's judging a photo contest, Lucy decides to enter anonymously. She wants to find out if her eye for photography is really special -- or only good enough.
As she seeks out subjects for her photos, Lucy gets to know Nate, the boy next door. But slowly the camera reveals what Nate doesn't want to see: his grandmother's memory is slipping away, and with it much of what he cherishes about his summers on the lake. This summer, Nate will learn about the power of art to show truth. And Lucy will learn how beauty can change lives . . . including her own.
I was told this book is getting buzz for the Newbery. I liked the setting the most. I felt like I could see the area. The loons added something extra to the story - so much so that I felt protective of them, too. Cynthia Lord did a great job writing in the voice of a girl. It felt very authentic. If I would have read this book as a kid, I would have loved it.