Review: Novalee and the Spider Secret
Lori Ann Stephens
Bedazzled Ink Publishing, pp. 150
Cost: $10.95 (pb), 8.95 (eb)
Addressing such a timely subject is no easy feat, and Stephens hits the nail on this head with this poignant narrative. Novalee is relatable on a level beyond the text. We get to see her life unfold outside the heavy torment she receives while in her violin lessons, following her through elementary school, wanting to be friends with the popular girls, Missy and Della, while the boy with snot always dripping down his nose, Toby, tries to be Nova’s friend with little luck at first. The narrative is fast-paced, like any good middle grade novel, keeping the attention of the younger target audience and offering an accessible read.