I've very excited today to be a part of the blog tour of Lemons by Melissa Savage
Lemonade Liberty Witt’s mama always told her: When life gives you lemons, make lemonade. But Lem can’t possibly make lemonade out of her new life in Willow Creek, California—the Bigfoot Capital of the World—where she’s forced to live with a grandfather she’s never met after her mother passes away.
Summer seems to bring Lem lemons upon lemons as she deals with an entire new life without any of the comforts of her old home—and then she meets Tobin Sky.
Eleven years old and the CEO of Bigfoot Detectives Inc., Tobin is the sole Bigfoot investigator for their small town. After he invites Lem to be his assistant for the summer, they set out on an epic adventure to capture the elusive beast on film. But along the way, Lem and Tobin end up discovering more than they ever could have imagined. And Lem realizes that maybe she can make lemonade out of her new life after all.
About the Author
Melissa Savage is a writer and a child and family therapist. Her desire to write purposeful, issue-driven books for young people, coupled with her interest in cryptozoology and the mystery of Bigfoot, inspired her to write Lemons. Melissa lives in Minneapolis. You can follow her on Twitter at @melissadsavage, and visit her at melissadsavage.com.
If you only have a second: Nice mix of cute and thoughtful. Well done.
If you have a few minutes: At first I was a bit leery of this one because of Lemonade (Lem). I'm not a fan of characters that are precocious, and it seemed that Lem would be just that. BUT after a few chapters I realized that she was to a degree, but she was also a young girl that had her life completely shaken up and rattled. It made me really feel for her and understand some of why she acted why she did. As the story went along I liked her more and more. That actually was one of the reasons I ended up really liking the book - watching Lem grow and cope. I cared about her.
I do have to say, though, the character of Tobin came in a very close second has my favorite character! Love that kid! How could I not? He chased Bigfoot! You need to know I'm a fan of Bigfoot tv shows like Finding Bigfoot. If I knew him in person he would be making me laugh again and again. Oh and making me shake my head! He was such a wonderful contrast to Lem as well. His personality was a perfect balance to hers.
The story of these two was good. It also had a nice balance of more light-heartedness and tough topics. I liked that because it allowed me to enjoy the story without it being so heavy. I could struggle with Lem but also laugh with her. Well done in that regard.
Side note: Parts of it kept reminding me of the cartoon Gravity Falls! My kids got me hooked on it, and there were parts that just made me think of it!
Best for kids who like: Books with some seriousness but also like topics like Bigfoot or other unknown mysteries like it.