Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Book Review: No Ordinary Excuse by Michelle Adams

A great story for readers at the middle grade level.

Gemma Martin woke up the day her project was due to find she'd forgotten to do it!  She promised her parents she'd straighten up and fly right, but she'd already messed up.  What was she going to do?  In comes her incredible imagination and her dream to be an actress.  She dreams up the most incredible excuse to buy herself some time.

As the days go by the excuse gets bigger and bigger.  It's gone beyond Gemma and her teacher to the whole school.  It's made her popular and made others jealous.  It's taken over Gemma's life and that isn't a good thing!

Michelle Adam's debut junior fiction novel really packs a punch.  It sends an important message all kids should learn.  Excuses can be lies and they can get the liar in trouble.  Telling the truth in the beginning can solve all the problems.  All excuses and lies do are create new ones.  If Gemma had told the truth to begin with she may have gotten just what she wanted--extra days to work on the project.  Although, if she had done the project before it was due she wouldn't have been in the mess to begin with!

I read this review request from Netgalley using Adobe Digital Editions on my laptop.  All opinions are my own.  I was not compensated for this review in any way.

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