Ava & Pip

Finished Ava and Pip by Carol Weston.  I received a copy from the publisher for review.

Summary (from Goodreads):

An endearing tween story about friendship, family, identity, and inspiration

Outgoing Ava loves her older sister, Pip, but can’t understand why Pip is so reserved and never seems to make friends with others. When Ava uses her writing talents to help her sister overcome her shyness, both girls learn the impact their words and stories can have on the world around them.”

This is the first book in a series (three books so far; I definitely want to find and read the other two) and it’s absolutely adorable.

Ava is the younger of two children, both girls.  Her entire family is completely palindrome obsessed (let’s just say that it’s not a coincidence that Ava and Pip both have palindrome names—and their middle names are palindromes, too! Pip Hannah and Ava Elle) and there’s a lot of clever wordplay in their family and so many palindromes.

Ava also wants to help her sister Pip become more outgoing.  Ava never has a problem with expressing herself, but a lot of people think Pip is stuck up because she barely speaks to anyone.

This charming book will make pretty much any reader smile and will help shy kids learn how to be more outgoing.  (There are five easy steps and even the most introverted person could do them with no problem.)

I enjoyed this absolutely delightful book and I want to read the rest.  And I hope it’s more than a three-book series.  Recommended.

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