|Publisher:||Roaring Brook Press|
In this poignant middle grade novel, a struggling student joins her school's celebrated quiz team in a bid to avoid failing eighth grade.
Marianne Blume knows she's one of the stupid kids. After years of trying and trying and feeling like she's always failing, she has mastered the art of turning off her brain whenever questions or lectures arise. She gets by in school on a combination of luck, deflection, and charisma--that is, until she lands in the classroom of Mr. Garcia.
A winning story about persevering and being enough. I fell in love with Marianne - my heart broke for her even as I was cheering her on. I wanted to wrap her in a hug and tell her to believe in herself. Friendship and heart make Bright a touching and joyful read. -Debbi Michiko Florence