The number one quality of books I love is a distinct writing voice.
Well, hold onto your Twinkies, cause this one's got voice and then some.
|Gertie's Leap to Greatness by Kate Beasley
This is Kate Beasley's DEBUT novel.
But she writes like a long-time pro.
You can't help but fall in love with dear Gertie.
The story races along at a pitch perfect pace.
And the illustrations are adorable.
But the writing voice!
And the humor!
Aunt Rae's nostrils would flare, and she'd heave herself off the sofa with a humph and start cleaning the house so violently that Gertie felt sorry for the dirt and grime.
Seat-stealer she thought in the nastiest voice she could imagine, and she felt even better.
Jessica Walsh sounded like someone who needed to have dirt rubbed in her face.
What kind of person said bath tissue? A Mary Sue Spivey kind of person, Gertie guessed.
Gertie watched the back of Mary Sue's head, and she wondered why some people read better and had yellow hair and got to wear lip gloss and meet famous people and sit in the front row. And she wondered why she wasn't one of those people.
They were the gray crayons nobody cared about. They were the so-so students. They were the last-place losers and the skinned-kneed nobodies, and Gertie was their queen.
I could go on and on but I won't.
I'll just tell you that you should read this book.
The bad news?
It's not out until October 4.