20th Annual Writer’s Digest Annual Self-Published Book Awards
Entry Title: Abby
Author: Lisa A. McCombs
Judge Number: 75
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Structure and Organization: 5
Production Quality and Cover Design: 5
Plot (if applicable): 5
Character Development (if applicable): 5
What did you like best about this book?
I loved this book. Lisa A. McCombs has written a wonderful novel that covers a year in the life of a seventh grader, Abigail Van Buren Masterson. It is written in journal form as letters to Dear Abby. The writing is easy and flows well. The journal entries are short and make for fast, easy reading. They feel like they could be written by a seventh grade girl. Middle school girls will really like this novel as they go through this year with Abigail....a new school (again), learning that she has family she never knew about, dealing with a bully, falling in love for the first time, and finding out that her mom has MS.
Readers also learn about MS as Abigail researches this disease that has struck her family.
All of the characters are well written and come to life for the reader.
A great addition to my library!
How can the author improve this book?
I really did not find any place that Ms. McCombs needs to improve. This is a delightful and informative novel.