Written by: Jo Knowles
Published by: Henry Holt
I SO recommend this book!
When I heard that this book was coming out on July 19th, I made sure I was at the book store to get it! I knew it was a must-read, and I read this book in ONE sitting!
Bean, whose real name is Pearl, is the main character of the story. Henry is her best friend. Bean and Henry spend their summer watching Soaps. The characters are great, and realistically flawed. Bean's mother is usually suffering from a hangover and Henry's mother has not left the house in years.
Bean's grandfather is the only father figure she has known. When Gus dies, Bean struggles with the unusual reaction her mother has; she seems happier. Bean is shocked to discover that the Gus she knew and loved was not the Gus that her mother knew. Gus' death opens a can of worms and family secrets spill out. There were twists and turns that kept me guessing and wondering what would come next.
If you want to know what happens to Bean and Henry, you must get this book for yourself. I loved it!
On this post, I have an additional note: I have been privileged to attend two SCBWI events where Jo Knowles was speaking. She is warm, engaging and grounded. Jo puts her heart and soul not only in her books, but in her speaking engagements, as well. I have been influenced by her passion for writing. Twenty years from now we will still be reading and learning from Jo Knowles!
Pearl Cookies Recipe
(no baking and just for fun)Ingredients:
Wafer Cookies (your choice of kind)
Black gel frosting (to dot eyes)
Yogurt Covered Peanuts
Directions:Take one wafer cookie and smear pink icing on it.
Put your Yogurt covered peanut on the pink icing.
Take your other wafer cookie and put two dots of white frosting for eyes.
Then put 2 dots of black gel on eyes.
Then stick your other cookie on top and stick it in the icing a little bit. So it looks half open like picture above.
Don’t Forget The Milk!