Friday, January 23, 2015

Half a Chance by Cynthia Lord

Half a Chance by Cynthia Lord
Published by Scholastic Press on February 25, 2014

Summary: "When Lucy's family moves to an old house on a lake, Lucy tries to see her new home through her camera's lens, as her father has taught her -- he's a famous photographer, away on a shoot. Will her photos ever meet his high standards? When she discovers that he's judging a photo contest, Lucy decides to enter anonymously. She wants to find out if her eye for photography is really special -- or only good enough.

As she seeks out subjects for her photos, Lucy gets to know Nate, the boy next door. But slowly the camera reveals what Nate doesn't want to see: his grandmother's memory is slipping away, and with it much of what he cherishes about his summers on the lake. This summer, Nate will learn about the power of art to show truth. And Lucy will learn how beauty can change lives . . . including her own."  --From Goodreads

What I Loved:
Lucy & Nate.  I loved seeing their relationship blossom.  They were both on the edge of being teenagers, and weren't weirded out by the fact that Nate was a boy and Lucy was a girl.  

The Grandma.  So few novels depict a realistic relationship with a person who is starting to have a disease like dementia.  I loved the way Lord made the Grandma care about the loons.

What I Disliked:
Lucy's Dad.  While I understand how Lucy's dad may have been the premise for the entire book, there were still some times that I wanted to slap him.  He has the "Pa Ingalls syndrome" which means he's not comfortable in places for a long period of time, and he's always looking towards something else.  

Overall, I really liked this audiobook.  The narrator was a realistic child, and I enjoyed listening to her talk.  The story is one that I will recommend to those students who may be going through something similar.  It's so interesting to see how many students have grandparents that are suffering from a disease such as dementia.

Disclosure: I borrowed a copy of the audiobook from my library.

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