Uneven Advantage is amazing. The suspense is well placed and difficult to guess but may be there were hints which I might find second time around. You know you really feel with the characters, their journey and how they are feeling about their lives and insecurities. I look forward to reading 'Bitter Tastes'. And yes one must never go for an 'Uneven Advantage' in any situation.
In Bitter Tastes, I think you have created some very interesting characters in Kathy and Martha. These are REAL girls and although there are economic differences in their respective households; much of their worlds are parallel and even intertwined. The mystery they endeavor to solve is kept on a level that would ring true to tweens and none of the action is beyond the realm of believability. Kathy's "deformity" reflects challenges that real kids may face and she is and can continue to be an inspiration to the young readers that they too can face obstacles fearlessly and find ways to overcome them. The setting is ripe with characters and begs for more to enter the picture in the way of tourists and/or seasonal residents. The adults are evenly portrayed and viewed quite astutely from the perception of a tween.
The chapters allow for a girl of eight to twelve the ability to maneuver through the book at her own pace and even set goals for reading time. I certainly look forward to the next adventure; and the adventure after that. The characters, Kathy and Martha, are ones that girls can grow with...and from.
I think you have a goldmine here; and I'm not just speaking of financial reward. These stories and adventures are more accessible to kids than the wordy tomes of Harry Potter; and the fact that they are manageable will make them books that kids can read time and again; carry with them and share.
Please let me know when the next edition is available, I'll want to read it before it becomes a hit TV series!
Virginia Beach, VA
Reading "Bitter Tastes" on the plane to visit my grandchildren made time pass very quickly and pleasurably. Your story holds every essence of a mystery with very real characters and a different twist. I hope my granddaughter, Katie (aged 8), will also send feedback to you.
Looking forward to the next in the series!
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Kathy Harmon has just moved to Warner, N.C. and she's lonely. Located on the Outer Banks, Warner is extremely small. Ashamed that she lives in the biggest house in town, she meets Martha Cunningham who comes from the wrong side of town. These two opposites become best friends. When the owner of a local restaurant who had befriended Kathy is murdered, Kathy and Martha band together to discover who murdered Janine McKellum.
Told in the first person (Kathy Harmon) this story is quick and succinct yet it paints a very vivid picture of the area and the subsequent action. What part does the "ugliest glasses on the planet" play? And which of the three people who have a pair killed Janine?
Perfect for pre-teen and up, V. B. Rosendahl is to be commended for a mystery worth reading.