The Center of Everything by Linda Urban
Age Range: 9 – 12 years
Grade Level: 4 – 7
Hardcover: 208 pages
Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers (March 5, 2013)
My Rating: 3 of 5 stars
About the Book:
Spring 2013 Kids’ Indie Next List
For Ruby Pepperdine, the
“center of everything” is on the rooftop of Pepperdine Motors in her
donut-obsessed town of Bunning, New Hampshire, stargazing from the
circle of her grandmother Gigi’s hug. That’s how everything is supposed
to be—until Ruby messes up and things spin out of control. But she has
one last hope. It all depends on what happens on Bunning Day, when the
entire town will hear Ruby read her winning essay. And it depends on her
twelfth birthday wish—unless she messes that up too. Can Ruby’s wish
set everything straight in her topsy-turvy world?
About the Author:
LINDA URBAN, the former marketing director at Vroman’s Bookstore in
Pasadena, California, now writes children’s books full-time. A Crooked
Kind of Perfect is her first novel. She lives in Montpelier, Vermont.
While I liked this book, it isn’t my favorite from this author. Her
stories usually strike a chord with me, but this one didn’t. It is still
a nice story about a girl searching for a way to make her birthday wish
come true. It’s thoughtful, well written, and enjoyable.
Ruby is a sweet girl. She always does exactly what people expect her to.
She has a big regret in her young life, and she wants to make it right.
That’s where the wish comes in. Things don’t play out the way Ruby
wants them to and she ends up discovering more about herself and her
friends and the way life fits together.
It’s a good book. I don’t know if it will appeal to kids that much, but
you never know. If you have never read any of Linda Urban’s books
before, I would recommend starting with A Crooked Kind of Perfect or
Hound Dog True.