Finished Chirp by Kate Messner. I received a copy for review.
Summary (from Goodreads):
“From acclaimed author Kate Messner comes the powerful story of a young girl with the courage to make her voice heard, set against the backdrop of a summertime mystery.
When Mia moves to Vermont the summer after seventh grade, she’s recovering from the broken arm she got falling off a balance beam. And packed away in the moving boxes under her clothes and gymnastics trophies is a secret she’d rather forget.
Mia’s change in scenery brings day camp, new friends, and time with her beloved grandmother. But Gram is convinced someone is trying to destroy her cricket farm. Is it sabotage or is Gram’s thinking impaired from the stroke she suffered months ago? Mia and her friends set out to investigate, but can they uncover the truth in time to save Gram’s farm? And will that discovery empower Mia to confront the secret she’s been hiding–and find the courage she never knew she had?
In a compelling story rich with friendship, science, and summer fun, a girl finds her voice while navigating the joys and challenges of growing up.”
This book packs a lot into a hair under 230 pages. I love Mia and her family, especially Gram. I’ve never been particularly tempted to try crickets but I kind of am now. (Probably the garlic and sea salt, but maybe maple? Probably barbecue.)
I also love Mia’s friends. They’re smart and lovely people, and I especially love the way that they all cheer each other on. They’re not even competitive or frenemies and it’s a good change.
As could be expected from Kate Messner’s books, this is a fun and good story that is an excellent time. (Expect some hard moments and maybe a few tears, but it’s all worth it.) Highly recommended.