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Monday, May 18, 2020

Taking Chances ~ Melody Carlson

This is book 4 of the Being Zoey series.  This is a young readers book, but can be read at any age. 
In this book Zoey is learning about trust and friendship.  When her friend Louisa talks her into starting a band, then she invites two boys over, one that she has a crush on Zoey is torn between friends and having a boys over.  Zoey is also dealing with joining the basketball team and having Kayla come back to school after having an issue with bullying.  No one trust or likes Kayla but Zoey befriends her and learns about trust.  The book covers many issues with friends, bullying, trust and doing what you enjoy doing, not what your friends want you to do.  

I would recommend this to any age and the whole series is very good.  I like how the book moves along fast to keep the attention of the reader.  Melody handles issues that young adults have to go through in real life, she also add faith into the mix, not too much, just enough.  This book can be read as a stand alone, but the whole series ties into each other like a tv series.  I really enjoy reading these books and watching Zoey grow.  

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About the Book

Book:  Taking Chances
Author: Melody Carlson
Genre:  Middle Grade
Release Date: April 15, 2020

Zoey knows her days are numbered. At least when it comes to remaining in Cedarville. So when Louisa coaxes her to be part of a garage band, Zoey tosses her insecurities aside to make music with her friends. And she even goes out for the basketball team. But what will happen when her mom shows up and pulls the plug on everything?

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About the Author

Melody Carlson has written more than 200 books (with sales around 6.5 million) for teens, women, and children. That’s a lot of books, but mostly she considers herself a “storyteller.” Her young adult novels (Diary of a Teenage Girl, True Colors etc.) appeal to teenage girls around the world. Her annual Christmas novellas become more popular each year. She’s won a number of awards (including RT’s Career Achievement Award, the Rita, and the Gold medallion) and some of her books have been optioned for film/TV. Carlson has two grown sons and makes her home in the Pacific Northwest with her husband and yellow Lab dog.

More from Melody

Sometimes I feel guilty for ‘torturing’ my teen and tween characters, but I do it for my readers. It’s not easy being an adolescent, and reading about someone who’s facing hard times is comforting. But in the final Zoey book, I really wanted to give her some victories too. So when challenges come her way, she stands up to them. And she even puts her newly found faith to work. The goal is for readers to feel hopeful about their own lives when they see Zoey rise above her tough circumstances.


To celebrate her tour, Melody is giving away the grand prize package of the full Being Zoey series!!
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