Sweetie is my 12th Early Reviewer and it was delightful. In brief it is a coming of age/friendship story, but it has fabulous details which make it so much more.
Sweetie is a mountain girl and Melissa is a lonely, insecure, chubby girl. They become fast friends after Sweetie returns a baby bird to its nest in Melissa's presence. We get to read about their summer together as they explore an Appalachian forest while Sweetie teaches Melissa about Mountain Spirit and how to find confidence in herself.
Kathryn Magendie is a clever writer. A few parts made me laugh out loud and many parts made me cheer inside! If you are a sucker for a good friendship story and love skillful descriptions of the outdoors, you should read Sweetie.
As a side note, reading this book provided me with a funny coincidence. Particularly this part:
While I read the menu at the lunch counter, three old men were sitting on stools talking about a time when some students sat in a five and dime, and how they'd changed history just by sitting at a counter and being brave and strong. One of the men smiled and wiped his eyes with a napkin, and the other two smiled back at him and said something about an anniversary and they all smiled again, then took big happy bites of their sandwiches.
Only a few days before reading that, I saw and photographed that very counter in the National Museum of American History in Washington, DC.