In a nutshell: Lily must stand up for herself and her friends--because she promised her father, and because it's the right thing to do.
Shy, eleven-year-old Lily promised her dad before he passed away that she would try speaking up five times. But now, “Strive for Five” feels impossible, especially as she enters public school for the first time. However, when Lily and her new friends are bullied, she discovers that staying silent is no longer an option.
With snarky commentary from Libro, the actual book, who guides readers through this poignant tale, National Book Award-winning author Kathryn Erskine tackles grief, change, and the struggle to let your voice be heard.
"A well-told tale, with a clear understanding of bullying and empathy for all involved."
Excerpt from Booklist
"This book introduces many mature themes in child-appropriate ways. Erskine explores significant topics, such as the treatment of immigrants in the United States, as well as lighter ones, such as how litter is harmful for dogs ....Narrative chapters alternate with meta-observations of the book itself...curious kids who love books will enjoy joining this welcoming group of friends as they learn about the world we share."
Excerpt from School Library Journal
"Erskine effectively captures Lily’s struggles to find her voice. A touching novel that will leave readers cheering for Lily’s quiet victories."
Excerpt from Publishers Weekly
"Erskine aptly conveys Lily’s inner struggle between her reserved demeanor and her desire to stand up to bullying. The metafiction appearance between chapters of 'Libro,' the voice of the physical book, adds humor and draws attention to the literary craft. Even the quietest readers will cheer."
Excerpt from Kirkus
Thanks to Deborah P for this review on NetGalley! (It's always humbling and heartening when a reviewer seems to understand more about your book than you do.)
Here's a lovely review on Barnes & Noble--thank you, dear reader!
And more reviews on Goodreads! THIS VIDEO IS AWESOME!! Thank you, Val!
Fun Facts About LILY'S PROMISE
Books can talk! :o)