Book Review: FOREVER GLIMMER CREEK, by Stacy Hackney

The folks in Glimmer Creek know there’s something special about their small town. Every year, one lucky resident survives danger and is gifted with bits of magic that last a lifetime. There’s no explanation for these Miracles, but that doesn’t stop filmmaker Rosie from believing in them. 

Readers will immediately feel part of Glimmer Creek as Rosie decides to create a documentary about the Miracles with the help of her friends Henry & Cam. She plans to show her film at the town’s yearly festival, and while her plan may seem innocent, she’s secretly hoping to meet her father, an actor whom she’s never met, by inviting him to the premiere. 

Things I loved about this MG novel: 

•The cast of characters in this small town was spectacular. Their perspectives on the documentary were varied and could encourage a good debate with readers. 

•The complexity of friendship strengths & struggles between Rosie, Henry and Cam was relatable for middle grade readers. 

•Things between Rosie and her mom weren’t perfect. Though they’re each other’s #1 fan, both made mistakes that pushed open discussion that (eventually) strengthened their relationship. 

•There are recipes mentioned in the story that are included at the end of the book. I can’t wait to try them out! 

With themes of community, family, friendship, and perseverance, this is one I’ll preorder for my 4th and 5th grade readers. Publishes 4/7/20.

* Thanks to Stacy Hackney and Simon & Schuster for sharing an ARC with MG Book Village! 

Katie Reilley is a fourth and fifth grade ELA teacher from Elburn, Illinois, and a proud mom to two amazing daughters, ages 14 and 10 who has been married to a wonderful husband for 18 years. She’s a member of #bookexpedition, a group of teachers, librarians and authors who read and review ARCs and newly released middle grade books. She’s also happy to be part of the #classroombookaday community, and loves to learn alongside her students and fellow educators. She has been teaching for twenty-two years, and her passion is getting books into the hands of her students. You can find her on Twitter at @KReilley5.

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