Today I present the third book in my quest to provide support to past titles. I call it The Nurturing of Middle Grade Books. The last time I saw this book featured was last February on Suzanne Warr’s blog.
Cadence has a beautiful voice that will for sure wow audiences and send her onto a professional career. One slight problem: Her shyness hides this gift and she’s terror stricken whenever attention comes her way. Life with a father and older half brother has its challenges, too. With a nickname like “Mouse” and mother who disappeared many years ago, Cadence has the whole town pitying her plight. Little do they know this little girl can sing like none other.
A quiet story for sure, but with a rhythm of familiarity to all those kids wanting to come out of their shell. The gospel choir background gives it a perfect setting for Cadence to shine. Her choice as to how to do so is unexpected but not unrealistic. Give this one to a quiet kid and they too may be transformed.
RELEASED: 2017 PAGE COUNT: 272
THE PLOT (from Amazon)
For ten-year-old Cadence Jolly, birthdays are a constant reminder of all that has changed since her mother skipped town with dreams of becoming a singing star. Cadence inherited that musical soul, she can’t deny it, but otherwise she couldn’t be more different – she’s as shy as can be.
She did make a promise last year that she would try to break out of her shell, just a little. And she prayed that she’d get the courage to do it. As her eleventh birthday draws near, she realizes time is running out. And when a secret recording of her singing leaks and catches the attention of her whole church, she needs to decide what’s better: deceiving everyone by pretending it belongs to someone else, or finally stepping into the spotlight.
FIVE THINGS I LIKED ABOUT: THE SWEETEST SOUND
by Sherri Winston
- Cadence also wants to be an author. Frequent references to authors and books was an enjoyable sidelight.
- I liked Junior, her older athletic half brother. He’s already a shining football star, but adults are making decisions for him that he’s not so sure he wants. A very lifelike occurrence.
- Though a small part, Jones has a character arc many young people will appreciate.
- References to Mariah Carey, Whitney Houston and many talented gospel singers will supply familiarity to music loving readers.
- It was a nice surprise to read about a black family and not have it be about race. A different tune indeed, and one that shows so much more about getting along.
…Living with Daddy and Junior, I’d learned that almost anything could be settled between men with football. And the right snacks.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Sherri Winston not only can write but she makes a mean bowl of tomato soup. Check out her recipe here!