Reality Natalie

Reality Natalie

by Katie Sparks


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ISBN-13: 9781941036105
Publisher: Firedrake Books, LLC
Publication date: 10/16/2014
Pages: 152
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.33(d)

About the Author

At a very young age, Katie Sparks discovered the magic of books. She counted on weekly library visits and treasured receiving her first library card at the age of five. At six, she wrote her first story called Baby Carrie (still in her collection today!) Katie knew then that writing would be in her future. By day, she is an editor for the parent consumer line at a non-profit medical association and enjoys working closely with authors and industry professionals. Immersed in the publishing industry in both her professional and personal life is a dream come true. On weekends you will often find her writing and sipping coffee at one of the many unique coffee shops in Chicago, spending time with family and friends, or curled up with a new book.

Katie has been an active member of SCBWI for the past seven years. She lives in Chicago with her devoted and extremely vocal cat Moe. Her upcoming MG Novel, Reality Natalie is her debut novel.

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Reality Natalie 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 13 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Natalie Greyson is an 11yr old girl. Her life consisted of her family, mom, dad, and the twins, her best friends and their secret club, her blog, and Kidz Konnection her favorite t.v. show. When a guest spot is up for grabs she is super excited to get to audition. Thinking she has nailed this (due to her love/knowledge of the show) nothing seems to go her way. From the twins having photo shoot on the same day to arguing and losing her friendship with one of her best of friends she must figure a way to overcome her obstacles. This is a perfect story for a young girl who is around the same age as Natalie. A few good lessons are also taught in the story. I found that I really liked this and I know that he average pre-teen will too!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Such an enjoyable breath of fresh air. Natalie, Natalie ..... sweet Natalie. The things one does to get notice. Well she felt ignored, always passes over because her siblings are more important? All these things running rampant in her little mind. Her best friend Kailyn, hmm.... perfect in everything, anything she touches turn into gold, duh! Don't get me wrong they are besties but didn't you have a friend who was like Kailyn? Now here she desperately wanted to get on a show called Kid Connection that is coming to her town. She needed her parents permission and they need to sign a permission form, this is where everything becomes the the tale of "Realty Natalie." A story so funny and one that dives into the reality of a teen or tween. She faces all the ups and downs of jealousy, disappointment, competitiveness. When all of it come crashing down on her she realize, " Be true to yourself." Perfect middle school read to bring some kind of awareness of feelings. Things are not what they seem kind of thing in this story,. What I mean, Natalie will see things are not what it seems. Just thinking back at that age, how a small insignificant thing was so over dramatically exaggerated. What goes on in those little minds
Bingicefairy More than 1 year ago
Reality Natalie has been a very delightful and delicious read for me. Natalie is the life of the story, with a charming personality. She is kind, self-motivated, confident, optimistic, and funny. I feel connected to her as soon as I start reading the book. The book is well written, from a genuine tween girl's point of view. I love how smoothly the story flows and the positive message being delivered throughout. It encourages young readers to follow their heart and pursue their dream, now matter how "silly" they may appear to adults. My 6-year-old loved reading this story with me. I highly recommend it to readers aged 6 and over. *I received a free digital copy of the book for review. All views and opinions are my own.*
reignbough1973 More than 1 year ago
Disclaimer: I was provided with a free copy of this ebook to facilitate my review. No other compensation was received. All opinions are 100% my own. Katie Sparks delivers a polished, well-written and totally fun story with we-defined, complete characters who suffer through this thing called life, experience life-changing epiphanies and come out the other side wiser for it. Pre-teens will absolutely fall in love with this book and the main character, Natalie. Heck, I'm 40-something and I fell in love with it for teen girls everywhere! What a great and entertaining vehicle to not only spend time with one's pre-teen daughter reading together, but have a discussion-inducing life lesson laid out before you to share with her, as well. I was "proud" of Natalie as she experienced a tough life lesson within the pages of this novel and grew as a person through it all. My 12-year-old daughter is now reading the book and loves it!
BooksDirect More than 1 year ago
Eleven-year-old Natalie Greyson is obsessed with the children's talk show Kidz Konnection. When they launch a competition for a guest host, Natalie thinks all of her dreams have come true. Now all she has to do is win! But what happens when she finds out that her talented best friend will be competing against her? Will Natalie succeed and, if so, at what cost? The author has a fresh, natural voice. I like the way the book is written, interspersed with hand-written notes and Natalie's entries on her "In A Nat Shell" blog. From a moralistic (parent's) viewpoint, I am a bit concerned about the way Natalie lies to her parents and about the bad feelings between supposed-best friends, Natalie and Kailyn. But I guess real life is like that. At least Natalie learns a few lessons and grows as a person as a result of her experiences. And, from an entertainment aspect, I'm sure the kids will love the shenanigans the cast of great characters gets up to. Robbie is especially entertaining. A funny, fast-paced story especially suited to tween girls. The ending leaves it open to a sequel. I received this book in return for an honest review.
LAWonder More than 1 year ago
Parents & Youth, enjoy the world of Reality Natalie! This is a wonderful story of a small group of young adults 11 and 12 years old. It is a time in life when values often seem important and events are over amplified in a youth's mind. Natalie is obsessed over a certain TV she never misses! Now an opportunity has come to actually be on the show but everything goes very wrong! Will she possibly get to participate in this opportunity of a lifetime? In the process of trying to "make it happen", Natalie discovers several key  points of realization. The author fully brought the character's to life. The background scenes were described well and easily visualized. Although the story slightly dragged in a couple of places, it was still quite well written and worthy of a strong recommendation for ages 8 to 13. *This book was sent to me for an honest review, of which I have given.
BookwormforKids More than 1 year ago
If you're looking for a girl power with tons of spunk and energy, this is it. Natalie is an eleven-year-old who knows what she wants (or at least, thinks she does), and when she puts her mind to it, nothing will get in her way. Her two best friends are as hyper as she is, making for an amazing trio that keeps even the reader on their toes. This book is written at an extremely fast pace. Dialogue is the key runner here, and it is so jammed packed with fun, that I had to smile most of the way through. If that wasn't enough, Nat throws in her blog entries and other tidbits, making sure not a second of boredom has time to sneak in. Despite this full-tilt ride, there is a message. Natalie's over-determination gets her in trouble, and she finds her little lies and plans catching up with her faster than she can battle them.  Summed up, this is a cute, fast-paced story perfect for girls ages 8-12. I received a free copy in exchange for an honest review.
KevinGerard More than 1 year ago
Hmm - I absolutely loved this book! It's a must read for girls in that fragile but exciting age group (10 - 13), but as a guy who's about to hit 60 (UGH!), I can say that anyone would enjoy this story. Katie really knows her audience and she understands how to write for them. The language used by Natalie, Maggie, and Kailyn ( the three main protagonists) is perfect for the target age group. Another character, Robbie Lovelton, is a true eleven year old boy. As I read about his exploits with the three girls, I thought back to my days at Catholic school, and how many of the sixth grade boys acted in a similar manner. I smiled as I read most of the book, and at times laughed out loud at his antics. Katie also sets her scenes quite well. The school, the studio, her life at home, all of these seemed easily crafted and quite real. I can't spoil this wonderful story for you, but I'll only say that Natalie wants something very badly, and she'll do almost anything to get it. That's the genius of this story. I rooted for her, but also felt heartache when her schemes went awry. I received a free copy of this book for an honest review. Kevin Gerard -- award winning author of the Diego's Dragon fantasy adventure series
AshleyH42 More than 1 year ago
Girls will love this book. It has everything they enjoy, friends making packs, breaking them, competing against each other and coming to terms with life. Natalie wants to win a competition to be the guest host on her favourite show. She has to compete against her nerves, parents, the schedule of her twin brother and sister and her closest friend. She also has a blog which adds to the dram of the whole story. This book is written in a way that tween girls will love reading. The characters are realistic and girls will relate to them.
Jane59 More than 1 year ago
I think this is a wonderful book, especially for girls in the middle grades. Natalie has twin younger siblings. She feels she is left in the  family. The twins are involved in a photo shoot and Natalie feels every time she asks her parents anything they ignore her or turn her down.  This was the case when Natalie had a chance to audition for Kidz Konnection, her favorite television show. Her parents refused to sign  the permission form. Natalie forged her Mom's name. Of course, she got caught. She managed to meet her father's requirements and  the stations to be able to audition. She was to audition with her best friend , Kailyn. Kailyn was always a winner at everything. She  changed her questions for the audition in hopes of embarrassing Natalie and throwing her off guard. Natalie handled it extremely well  and let her true self work in her favor. She found out that the audition costs her many things: the trust of her parents and her best friend. The story continues to tell how she mended these relationships. The author does an excellent job of leaving the door open for another  book-maybe a series??
ReadersFavorite More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Carol Thompson for Readers' Favorite To be honest, when I selected this book for review I was expecting a somewhat "been there-done that" book. Author Katie Sparks pleasantly surprised me with her well-written prose and spunky characters. Reality Natalie is about a young girl, Natalie Greyson, who has high ambitions and dreams. She's a nicely developed character with a lot of personality. Natalie wants to audition to be a guest host for a popular kid's show, yet she has many obstacles to overcome. Not only that, but her talented best friend wants to audition as well. What really impressed me is the way Sparks handled the competition between friends. It was handled realistically, as were all the characters and conflicts. At that age, many of us have faced a competing moment with a friend, and Sparks doesn't give a pretentious view of this. Natalie is an overly-ambitious child and one who has her ups and downs. She has twin siblings that add to the story as well as friends who most kids can relate to. Sparks kept it real, she didn't glamorize her characters and she didn't over compensate. I do feel this is more of a Young Adult reader than a general children's book. I think ages fourth grade and up could better relate to the book. I highly recommend Reality Natalie to any parent who is looking for a good book for their youngster. It teaches life lessons through fun and thoughtful prose. The story is told in first-person from Natalie's POV, and it works well, allowing the reader to better connect to Natalie. This is Sparks' debut novel, but hopefully it won't be her last.
BookwormCherie More than 1 year ago
Sparks makes the audition with her debut novel, Reality Natalie. With just the right amount of spunk and determination, Natalie is a character kids can relate to. Natalie’s dream of being a talk show host has a chance to become reality when a spot on her favorite reality TV show opens up, but the competition is fierce and includes her very talented best friend, Kailyn. With moments of comic relief through her classmate, Robbie, a mutual friend to keep Natalie and Kailyn from becoming enemies, and realistic pesky siblings, Reality Natalie is a great read for middle grade and tween readers.
KymBrunner More than 1 year ago
As a former fifth grade teacher, I can't stress enough how perfect this book is for young readers! A delightful tale told by the spunky and adorable Natalie Greyson, an overambitious, can't-be-stopped kind of girl who is faced with the opportunity of a lifetime: auditioning to be the host on her favorite TV show. Problems occur when her best friend and super talented actress, Kailyn, decides to audition too, driving a wedge in their friendship. I loved how Sparks created characters with heart and soul. I cheered with Natalie when something went her way, and could feel her pain when things didn't. Reality Natalie truly is a wonderful slice of everyday life, complete with annoying classmates, pesky siblings, and friends that don't always do what you want. Great book filled with lots of surprises that will make readers everywhere clamor for more.