Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Half a Chance by Cynthia Lord
(2015-16 Iowa Children's Choice Nominee)

Book description from 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.

My 25 cents...This is a quaint story about friendship.  The beginning of the story introduces us to Lucy who has just moved (again!) to a house on a lake.  Her father travels quite often so she misses him and tries connect to him by photography, her hobby--his business.  As Lucy meets a family at the lake, she has to learn the delicate balance of following her passion for taking pictures and being a good friend.  I thought the book was a little boring in the middle, but if you stick with it, there is a great lesson in the end. 

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