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Moving to Vermont the summer after seventh grade, a young gymnast hides a secret as she makes new friends and investigates her grandmother's claim that someone is trying to destroy her cricket farm.
Publisher: New York :, Bloomsbury Children's Books,, 2020
ISBN: 9781547602810
Characteristics: 227 pages ; 21 cm


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Dec 06, 2020

I try to read everything Ms. Messner writes and this story didn't disappoint. She is cutting edge with relevant themes for middle-grade students. This one mixes crickets as a protein source with entrepreneurial (Launch) and Warrior (aka warped wall and quad steps) summer camps, previous gymnastics injury brought about by {won't spoil the surprise}, and a mystery to boot. Worth the wait (a few months until the library had it) and worth the read for anyone who likes Messner's previous stand-alone stories. More please!

Apr 05, 2020

This new middle grade novel by Kate Messner covers two relevant issues in one book and in such a comprehensive way. Mia begins the book as a girl who feels damaged and far from the brave, accomplished gymnast she was before her injury. As her past is revealed, the #me too movement is very much factor in her restoration. Part of that healing involves the ways Mia can help her grandmother market and improve the operation of her cricket farm. We learn many facts about raising/harvesting crickets and their value as a source of protein. Another highly relevant topic for our time. Included is the mystery of the sabotage efforts affecting the cricket farm and the reveal of what a perfect fit the title is. Would not be surprised to see this on the next Newbery short list.

ArapahoeMary Feb 11, 2020

Oh, Kate Messner, you do know how to write an excellent story. Chirp includes a mystery, new friendships, and adventure, but also reckons with secrets we’re afraid to tell. This is an engaging and necessary story.

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Sep 28, 2020

blue_dog_48623 thinks this title is suitable for 12 years and over


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