Smiling girl holds stack of books in front of backdrop of PICTURE A GIRL cover.

First reviews of PICTURE A GIRL

The first reviews of my new middle-grade novel are coming in. I am so grateful to everyone who takes the time to review my work. Thanks to the team at Young Adulting: Serious Reviews of Books for Kids and Teens for their review, which can be found here. If you love #Kidlit, this site is a wonderful resource. They write: “Addie’s voice is very compelling, and she explains her life as an eleven-year-old in a beautiful way. She’s fiercely protective of her brother Billy and is also incredibly practical, having been forced to grow up at such a young age. The descriptions and sensory detail in this book are so honest and real that I was entirely transported into Addie’s world while reading. Manzer does an amazing job at writing about a girl who has experienced things kids should never have to experience in a very age-appropriate way.”

Other reviews from Booklist and School Library Journal are also super positive. Booklist wrote: “This heartbreaking but uplifting middle-grade novel about the power of the stories we tell ourselves and others transports readers to a coastal Canadian town…This is a timeless tale of resilience in the face of not only poverty but substance abuse…Manzer’s writing is crisp but flows like the waves Addie yearns to ride.” Thanks to everyone reviewing #Kidlit!

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