Title: Perfectly Ella
Author: Candy Harper
Published: April 23rd 2015
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Childrens Books
Genre: Middle Grade
Length: 256 pages
I received a copy of this book through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
Book Blurb (via Goodreads):
Meet the Strawberry Sisters! Oldest sister Amelia wants to be Left Alone to have deep thoughts, so she’s grown a fringe to hide under. Second up is Chloe who’s sport-crazy and in training to be a wrestling star (this week anyway). Littlest sister Lucy is the cute one who’s training an army of earwigs. Then there’s Ella. The middle one who’s still trying to work out what makes her “perfectly Ella” and how to stand out in a house full of big personalities. And now there’s a new Strawberry Sister. Baby Kirsti who lives with Dad and his Finnish girlfriend. Along with her sisters and one very tired Mum who’s struggling to keep it all together, Ella’s small home is crammed with almost-finished homework, nearly-clean jumpers and a vampire bunny called Buttercup. With so much going on, life can sometimes feel totally crazy but the Strawberry sisters have a secret weapon against the craziness of the world they live in, each other.
Perfectly Ella is a charming tale revolving around four sisters – the Strawberry sisters as they come to terms with their new step-sister and the split of their family.
Ella is starting a new school and wants her two best friends to become friends too, although it’s turning out to be more difficult than she imagines. She tries to adopt the approaches her sisters would take, but that only leads to more disaster.
Meanwhile, she’s trying to keep the family together by being nice, but her efforts go unnoticed and it seems that her family is falling apart around her. When her little sister disappears with the new baby, the family panics.
I loved this story so much. It’s got a great message about being yourself and trusting that things will work out for the better if you just stay true to who you are. The relationships between the sisters, as well as their relationship with their parents was wonderful to see – even though their family was split across two households there were no bad feelings among them.
A wonderful story of trust, friendship and family ties that will have you laughing, crying and eager for more.
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About the Author
I grew up in a tiny house with a big family. I’m the fourth of five sisters, which means people sometimes ask me if my family are anything like the Bennetts from Pride and Prejudice. Unfortunately not, but it does mean that I still eat with my arm shielding my plate.
I’ve got a daughter (The Ginger Ninja) and a son (Goblin Baby) and a computer-genius husband. We live in a higgledy-piggledy house where I can never find anything. It usually turns up under a book. There are enough Children’s and YA books in my house to build a fort with. But I absolutely haven’t ever skived off work to do that.
When I run out of hilarious things that happened to me as a teenage that I can disguise as fiction, I take a break by writing dystopian thrillers as C.J. Harper. Nothing more relaxing than a totalitarian state where everyone is out to get you.