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Matylda, Bright and Tender Reviews

UPDATE TIME: 2017-12-11 
Review Score: 5 out of 5 star From 14 user ratings
ISBN:0763689513
LANGUAGE:English

" Not gonna lie, that was rough and I cried about eight different times. " said.

" I loved how the author introduced Sussy's best friend, Guy. Then the story started to dull for me until the accident. The book picked up and was interesting throughout until the conclusion. It was a little weak. It is a good story about loss and trying to move on. " said.

" Ooof... this one made me cry. The emotions are so raw and the story so gently told. Great for fourth, fifth, sixth grade readers. I'd suggest this as a read aloud -- but as an adult I'd have a hard time getting through it. Words have power. " said.

" Bittersweet story of friendship and loss. The author offered solid ideas that help young people when dealing with loss, especially when they have the benefit of two loving parents and a supportive community. " said.

" A bright and tender middle grade novel about moving on after devastating loss. Our school community has suffered several such losses in the 16-17 academic year. The story should ring true with many students who have similar feelings of grief. " said.

" 4.5 starsMy heart! This book caught me off guard and I'm quite glad it did. A friend gave it to me and I read without looking at reviews or even the back cover. I know there are readers in my library that will love Sussy and Guy as much as I did - and who will appreciate how much heart is in the story. " said.

" Read aloud with the 3rd grader, and we had to stop and take a break because this book, while indeed bright and tender, is also tragic and sad. It's filled with love and grief and loss. It's filled with loyalty and devotion and making mistakes and forgiveness. Truly remarkable, just, at times, a tough read when you're 9 and the world is filled with books that are funnier and don't make you cry. But, as he said at the end, "Totally worth it." " said.

" In this very sad book, Sussy and her best friend Guy get a gecko from the pet shop that is kept at Sussy's house because Guy's mother says there is not room for a pet at his house. Then, while they are on a bicycle trip to the pet store, Guy is hit by a car and killed. For the rest of the story, Sussy struggles to deal with the death of her best friend and tries to keep Matylda,the gecko alive and well. " said.

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