Forever Glimmer Creek

Ages: 8 - 12Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young ReadersAuthor: Stacy Hackney

$17.99

Rosie’s Flynn’s single mother is the town manager for Glimmer Creek, a bucolic spot on the edge of a half-mile wide creek which empties into the Chesapeake Bay.  The town is famous, at least to its inhabitants, for the Miracles that occur once a year. Rosie, now in the seventh grade, is obsessed with movie making and reuniting with her absentee father, a Hollywood actor. For years, Rosie has corralled her two best friends, Henry and Cam, in her movie-making schemes – including clashes with Sheriff Parker, who happens to be sweet on her mother. She has inveigled the mayor into showing her yet unmade movie about the Miracles at the town’s fall festival in eleven days and dreams that an invitation to the film’s debut will bring her father, currently working about an hour and a half away, home to Glimmer Creek.  All of which sends Rosie into overdrive as she’s determined to reveal the yet unknown reasons for the Miracles in her yet to be made movie.

Cam and Henry have problems of their own to Rosie’s complicated difficulties drive this excellent, understanding story to an exciting denouement. The author does not answer every question about the Miracles but allows Rosie to learn much about their nature, other characters, and herself in a tense eleven-day period.

Stacy Hackney’s debut coming of age novel is filled with determination, courage, and kindness. An added surprise is the inclusion of recipes at the end from Rosie’s mother, a gifted cook. Yum!

 

Kemie Nix ©2020 Parents’ Choice

Kemie Nix is Chairman of Children’s Literature for Children (CLC), a non-profit, tax-exempt, educational organization dedicated to bringing children and books together. Mrs. Nix, a senior book editor for Parents’ Choice, has a remarkable sense of selecting books children love to read.

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