On the first day of sixth grade, Kyle Constantini lands in the principal's office after standing up against (that is, punching) Ino Nevarez, who was teasing a deaf girl at school. Her punishment? Join the NAVS program, which teaches constructive problem-solving (that is, not punching).
Kyle loves NAVS, where her team competes in a challenge to navigate a maze. But her parents refuse to let her participate... so Kyle may just have to fudge the truth a bit to get around them. Then her best friend starts to crush on a cute new English boy, who seems to be interested in -- Kyle? As the NAVS competition approaches, she has to trust her instincts, take some good advice, and figure out her way through the amazing maze of middle school.
Rich characters, a big heart, and a witty, warm voice make Kyle Finds Her Way a debut worth discovering.
About the Author
Susie Salom loves sunny, chirpy days, strawberry tamales, and the color blue. She once purposely got on the wrong bus to keep talking to a new friend on her first day of sixth grade and has been following her adventuresome heart ever since. She lives in the west Texas town of El Paso with her husband and daughter and their obese cat. Please drop by and say hi! to her on Twitter at @susie_salom, and visit her website at www.susiesalom.com.
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Kyle Finds Her Way based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
A friend said the voice of this MG has lots of zing, and that’s a great way to put it. Kyle has a wonderful amount of personality and spunk, and the writing is lively, as when a friend “turns to point at me all suspish.” The story centers on Kyle entering sixth grade, and how she has to navigate through a bully in gym class, her friends changing, being honest with her parents, a competition in creative problem solving, and maybe even liking a guy. It moves right along, and through it all Kyle’s enthusiasm and bravado, balanced by her worries, makes her a great character to follow. The writing itself is well done, melding with insight and grace the themes of trust and exploration, as well as finding your own particular style and seeing what you have to offer. All of that is supported by authentic details, like pencil dust by the sharpener and the smells and sounds of school. Salom’s bio says she’s been a teacher, and it shows. My only reservation is how the story leads up to the competition in problem solving, and all along you’ve been trying to figure out how you’d solve the challenge of guiding a fellow student through a maze. And yet we’re told only how one other team went about it. Would’ve liked to have seen more there, if just 'cause I wanted to test my Godzilla and super ball slingshot solution against the rest. In the end, it’s an uplifting, funny, sincere story with all the quirky warmth of the Ramona books, and highly recommended.