Chocolate Covered Baloney Confessions of April Grace by K.D. McCrite
From the back cover: Just when April Grace though life would calm down, there seems to be more phony baloney than ever . . .
April Grace would love some peace and quiet with a book and a chocolate bar, but there’s hardly time for that with a long-lost relative wreaking havoc on the Reilly home and a sister who is definitely Up To Something. When Myra Sue goes missing, it’s up to April Grace to piece together all the clues and find her sister — before it’s too late.
This is the third book in the series about April Grace. I have not yet read the first two, but was able to follow the story easily without having read them.
This is what I call a VOICE book. You know those books where you feel like you can clearly hear the character’s voice in your head as you read. It’s more like sitting down and having a conversation with a person than it is like reading a book.
I love April Grace. She’s a strong, well developed character who grows throughout the story. She is confident but willing to admit when she’s wrong. I love her relationship with all the members of her family. Even though she has little or no patience with her snotty older sister, Myra Sue, you can tell that deep down she really cares for her. She’s even willing (after some struggling) to learn to love this new trouble causing long lost relative. All of her antics provide for an enjoyable read.
I especially liked that this story takes place during the late 80s when children were not so “plugged in.” It was refreshing to see young people interact without benefit of cell phones and social media.
Another positive is April Grace’s spiritual side. It’s not an overwhelming aspect of the book, but April Grace does frequently stop to consider her actions/thoughts and pray about them. April Grace is not perfect, but she does try to be good. This is a book I can add to my Young Christian Fiction reading list.
I enjoyed this book so much, I’ve already requested the first two books In Front of God and Everybody and Cliques, Hicks and Ugly Sticks. I also plan to order these books for the school library. Readers who enjoyed Heather Frederick’s The Mother Daughter Book Club series will certainly want to check out this series.