Last week we had some fun with a poll on middle grade verse novel covers. These were the contenders:
We got a lot of votes so I thought it only fair to highlight the winner this week, which was, by a wide margin (drumroll)…
LOOKING FOR ME IN THIS GREAT BIG FAMILY by Betsy R. Rosenthal.
I have to agree with the voters. Though all the covers are cute, it’s hard to resist Russian dolls. I haven’t read LOOKING FOR ME yet, but here’s the blurb from Goodreads:
One of 12 siblings growing up in depression-era Baltimore, Edith isn’t quite sure of who she is. Between working at her father’s diner, taking care of her younger siblings, and living in the shadow of her more mature sisters, Edith feels lost in a sea of siblings. When a kind teacher encourages Edith to be a teacher herself one day, Edith sees prospects for a future all her own. Full of joy, pain, humor, and sadness, this novel in verse is a wonderful look at the life of Edith Paul, the author’s mother, and is an enduring portrait (complete with family photos and an author’s note at the end) of one family’s pursuit of the American dream.