Google+ Followers

Saturday, December 31, 2011

Five Star Review!!!!!!!!!!!!!

AbbyLisa A. McCombs
Visit the author's website
Email the author



Young Adult - General

Author Login - Resend Login Information FacebookTwitter

This author will review your book in exchange for a review of theirs

This author donates books to schools, libraries and other nonprofits
Author Biography
Lisa McCombs is a veteran RLA teacher of 30 years, who devotes the majority of her time reading, writing and talking about reading and writing. Her novel Abby is dedicated to the eighth grade class who encouraged and inspired the finished work. Lisa lives and teaches in Monongah, West Virginia.


Book Review
Reviewed by Lynn F. for Readers Favorite

"Abby" by Lisa A. McCombs is a delightful read that is appropriate for teenage girls as well as well as adults. The reader is taken on a journey through the school year by seventh grader Abigail Van Buren Masterdon. Abby, her mother, and little brother Joey have come home to Monongah Virginia. Abby’s father died when she was young, her mother has done her best considering she is a single parent. They had to move around a lot. In Monongah everyone seems to know them or at least her mother. While working on an English assignment to research a newspaper story, Abby just happens to come across “Dear Abby.” She writes in her journal to Abigail Van Buren almost daily, Abby is finding out more and more things about where they are living. This is where her mother is from as she discovers aunts, uncles, cousins and most of all grandparents, but what is most devastating is that she learns her mother has MS. From her mother’s heath and school work to boyfriends and cheerleader bullies the reader lives an interesting and often trying year with Abby.

This is a very interesting story, even though it is written as the daily journal of a twelve year old seventh grader. As you read it you would think that you are reading a true account although the book is fictional. The book shows how a twelve year old girl comes to terms with health issues and is grown up enough to help her mother and how writing to Dear Abby in her journal helps her overcome a problem with bullies instead of fighting them. I think all girls from twelve years old and up should read this book as it shows how they too can overcome adversity.

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

The Best Kind Of Promo!!!

Lisa I have your book in my possession here in Perrysburg, NY.  I am about to send it to my granddaughter in Virginia.  She is in sixth grade.  She is an A student but does not like to read anymore (social life ) since their move to Va. from Ohio where there were no girls to play with.  I think your book will keep her interested especially with the super short chapters and being age appropriate.  Personally the book was a God sent to me.  We were on the way to Myrtle Beach, S.C. where I found your book in the bathroom in West VA.  Did you really put that book in the bathroom or did someone just leave it?  Anyway, I fear my husband's driving.  In the past I read magazine articles, suduko, crosswords.  All are short and of course I would look up and be afraid because he was driving too fast.  But your book held my interest especially with identifying certain characteristics with my granddaughter and nieces with Abby.  I'm interested to hear if Jess can see certain traits too.  I'm going to ask her to find out if any of her girlfriends
want to read it too.  Knowing the girls, they will.  Reading your book on the way home certainly made my trip very pleasant.  So thank you.  Is this your first book?  I have told many people how I enjoyed Abby.  Is there a sequel?  Let me know of you next book.  You have my e-mail address.  Thanks again Lisa.  Sharon Maltbie

correspondence

Hello Lisa,
 
I bought a copy of your book from you at Tamarack a few weeks ago.  I actually specifically went to Tamarack to get a signed copy because being supportive of West Virginia authors is becoming sort of a hobby of mine.  I am in graduate school at the moment and with a 13-year old and a 6-year old, I don't have a lot of free time, but I started reading "Abby" yesterday and finished it this evening.  I really liked your book--it had many levels to it and I really enjoyed it.  I hope that as a teacher you see such deep thought going on with some of your students as what Abby's letters revealed.  My 13-year old daughter is miserable in middle school and has been experiencing some of what you described between Abby and Sheila.  I would like to think there are more kids like Abby than like Sheila. 
 
This sort of book would be exactly what I would have read at about Abby's age;  I saw a lot of myself in what Abby wrote in her letters. I am 35 and have been writing to my pen pal (from Australia) since I was 12.  And like Abby said, there is something special about pen and paper letters than email.
 
Anyway, I enjoyed your book very much and will be looking for the sequel when it comes out.  If I can find you on Facebook, I will send a friend request so if you post something about the sequel, I can contact you for a signed copy.  ( I am not a Facebook pro--I mainly keep maintain a presence because I have a teenager.)  In the meantime, I am going to try to get my daughter interested in your book.  She is a reader also, but I have a hard time getting her away from the fantasy stuff--Twilight, Warriors, Percy Jackson, etc.
 
Oh, one other thing---I think the message you brought about MS was very good.  I don't know anyone with MS, but I have known several with neurological disorders like Lupus, fibromyalgia, etc.  Your book reminded me of a book that I read to my kids not long ago about a child with a sister with autism.  The title was "Al Capone Does My Shirts" and was meaningful like your book.
 
I am a volunteer for Read Aloud West Virginia--last year I read to 2nd and 3rd graders a couple of times per month on my lunch hour.  I have asked for placement in a 1st and a 5th grade class this year.  With older kids, I like to read a chapter or two to get them interested in a book and then refer them to the library to get the book (so maybe they will bump into other books that interest them as well).  I think your book would be a good selection to do that with if I get to read in a fifth grade class since they will be getting ready for the transition to middle school.  I can refer them to Tamarack which is close to the school I am reading in this year.  I will also share with my colleagues at the next Raleigh County Read Aloud board meeting.
 
Thanks for a couple of evenings of interesting reading.  Best of luck to you with your book sales!
 
God Bless,
 
Terri F. Biley
 


reviews

Posted October 11, 2011

 You should give this book a try

This is very enjoyable with a lot of thoughtful reflection within the main character, Abby. The story is told entirely in a letter format so the reader gets to connect closely with Abby's thoughts. Middle school is a tough time for kids and this book gives the reader the "inside" story from a girl dealing with her mother's illness, family issues, a first boyfriend, and the unavoidable "mean girl" cheerleader. A good story that is well worth the read!