Matylda, Bright and Tenderby Holly M. McGhee
Sussy and Guy are best friends, fourth-graders who share their silliest thoughts and deepest hopes. One afternoon, the two of them decide they must have something of their very own to love. After a trip to the pet store, they bring home a spotted lizard, the one with the ancient face and starfish toes, and they name her Matylda (with a y so it’s all her own). With Guy leading the way, they feed her and give her an origin story fit for a warrior lizard. A few weeks later, on a simple bike ride, there is a terrible accident. As hard as it is, Sussy is sure she can hold on to Guy if she can find a way to love Matylda enough. But in a startling turn of events, Sussy reconsiders what it means to grieve and heal and hope and go on, for her own sake and Matylda’s. By turns both devastating and buoyant, this story is a brave one, showing how far we can justify going for a real and true friend.
MY REVIEW: (LAWonder10)
Matylda - with a "y" - Bright and Tender is a wonderful, poignant tale of a close friendship which ended tragically.
It is about developing love for someone, or something, difficult to love. Additionally, it is about the process of grief
each individual must go through in her/his own way and how others can allow them to work through it.
Finally, it us about unselfishness of caring individuals and of redemption.
The author has created a unique, captivating story which induces the reader too become very endeared to the characters,
The reader is "drawn into the story" to the point he/she will feel he/she is there.
The writing of the author, Holly M. McGhee was very effective, coupled with the most outstanding narration of amazing Jenna Lamia.
makes this a truly DYNAMIC Children's book on CD! Jenna Lamia is, by far, the most talented and entrancing "voice" i have ever listened to on tape. Her voice for each character is very concise. She never deviates. When she speaks of the background scenes its in a separate voice, also.
If an educator wants a beak or if a audio story is needed for Summer Reading Programs, rest assured, this young voice will captivate children more than most anyone!
This is not only an entertaining book but has a multitude of lessons one can use for several discussions.
This is a very STRONG Five Stars rated book on tale, in this reviewer's opinion
*I Won this Book on Tape. I was not asked to offer a positive review. This is my honest Review.
Twitter |Growing up in the Steuben Valley of upstate New York, I never guessed I'd ever write a book or be a literary agent . . . I was pretty busy singing loudly in the hay barn with my middle sister, selling sweet corn out of my dad's red pick-up truck at Gerry Blood's gas station, playing with our kittens, and building my own balance beam with a 4X4 piece of lumber and two sawhorses—I dreamed of being a gymnast . . . my back up was meteorologist.!
What I did know from pretty early on was that I wanted to live in a city. So during college I did a publishing internship in New York, and I fell in love with the place, all these millions and millions of people living in relative peace astonished me, how was that even possible? I was hooked. And eventually I became an editor at HarperCollins, and years later, when a few projects I was crazy about didn't make it through the acquisitions process, I decided to start Pippin Properties, a literary agency. It was born from a longing to see stories I loved in print.
And a little less than a decade after I opened the doors at Pippin, I was as surprised as anybody when the character who would narrate my first book came marching into my life while I was pleasantly reading on NJ Transit. She came in loudly and demanded I write down her story, in her words. That was my first real experience in writing (all in a spiral-bound notebook), and it led to the publication of the Dessert First trilogy, which led to my three picture books, two about a boy named Mitchell who was born to drive and one about my own son Marshall, who believed gingerbread men could run (I think we both still do). I wrote all of those under a pen name, Hallie Durand, because I wanted them to be judged on their own merit, not influenced one way or the other because I owned a literary agency or was a publishing insider.
But these days I'm writing under my given name, Holly M. McGhee. My first middle-grade novel, Matylda, Bright and Tender came out in 2017 as did Come with Me (a picture book illustrated by Pascal Lemaitre). Because the books are inspired by my own emotional journey, it felt right to weave all of the strands of who I am together. I so look forward to continuing both writing my own books and bringing books I love into the world at Pippin. Look for Listen, again illustrated by Pascal Lemaitre, in Fall 2019.
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