If you haven’t already, I recommend checking out my previous Melody book reviews before reading this one:
- Book Review #13: “No Ordinary Sound: A Melody Classic”
- Book Review #14: “Never Stop Singing: A Melody Classic 2”
This book was incredible! I’ve been so impressed with how historically accurate Melody’s books have been – I can clearly see the research and attention to detail. Every time, I feel like I’ve been transported to Detroit, Michigan in 1964.
I love how there are previews of the next book at the end of the previous ones – It makes me excited for the next chapter, in a way. This way, I discovered the modern girl in this story has a piano teacher named “Ms. Stricker,” which happens to be my maiden name! I realize this is fictionalized, but I can’t tell you how excited I was to see that! It’s so rare to see something like that!
To me, this book had more adventures than Maryellen’s journey, which I really liked. It was exciting to pick so many paths!
Melody is such a sweet character. It’s one of the things that immediately drew me to her stories when she was introduced in 2016. She’s passionate about her family, music, and the world around her. She wants to do what’s right!
Without giving away a lot of details, I loved everything about this book. Melody and the modern girl both love music, especially the piano and “Lift Every Voice and Sing.” Because of Melody, our modern girl discovers Motown, and experiences the Civil Rights Movement first-hand. We even meet a few key figures along the way!
This book snatched me up and didn’t let me go! I wanted to keep reading the first night, but I had to break it up over two of them. Getting up so early is a curse sometimes.
I’m keeping Melody’s books forever!
There’s at least one more Melody book out there – A mystery! I’m hoping my library has it! But, if I’m being honest, I’ll probably buy it, at some point.
I’m definitely adding more American Girl books to my TBR!
5 out of 5 stars.
Until the next headline, Laura Beth 🙂
I appreciate your review! I read the first book and I couldn’t get past the similarity to “Watsons Go to Birmingham” — it sounds like you would recommend I give her other books a chance?
You’re welcome! I recommend them – Let me know what you think!
I loved the enthusiasm of your review. It’s great when something makes a mark on you. I feel the exact same way when I see a stellar movie.
I love reviewing in general, but it makes it that much more worthwhile when a film really blows me away.
Definitely. I love the way you make movies come alive.
I just enjoy writing, I never expected other people would really love reading them.
You and me both! I’m still stunned that so many people in other countries (including you) read my posts.
I guess we are alike in that way! Though I must say, my confidence has significantly grown since I began blogging.
Same here! I feel much more comfortable now writing about things and sharing things that are out of my comfort zone. I was raised conservatively / sheltered, so it’s nice to have an outlet!
Blogging brought me out of my comfort zone in a good way. I had trouble in school where I was bullied a lot, which knocked my confidence. But once I reached college, I flourished.
That’s so great! I was teased and taunted, but mainly because I was smart and a nerd. I was in an abusive relationship for several years, but then I met the man who is now my husband in 2010. He knows that I love to write, so he’s always encouraged me in everything that I do.
Sorry to hear of your struggles, but glad to hear that you are doing wonderfully now. Throughout the bullying, I had my family and their support, which was touching.
Thank you! Same to you. A support system like that is key. I’m so glad that people were there for you.
My main family were my rock. And ever since, I’ve grown so much.
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