Sunday, August 10, 2014

Half A Chance

Half A Chance by Cynthia Lord

I find myself becoming slightly more interested in photography as the years go on, so this was a pretty neat book for me to read.

An amazon summary, "A moving new middle-grade novel from the Newbery Honor author of RULES.

When Lucy's family moves to an old house on a lake, Lucy tries to see her new home through her camera's lens, as her father has taught her -- he's a famous photographer, away on a shoot. Will her photos ever meet his high standards? When she discovers that he's judging a photo contest, Lucy decides to enter anonymously. She wants to find out if her eye for photography is really special -- or only good enough.

As she seeks out subjects for her photos, Lucy gets to know Nate, the boy next door. But slowly the camera reveals what Nate doesn't want to see: his grandmother's memory is slipping away, and with it much of what he cherishes about his summers on the lake. This summer, Nate will learn about the power of art to show truth. And Lucy will learn how beauty can change lives . . . including her own."AMAZON LINK OF JUSTICE

Lucy has just moved in to an old house on a lake where she continues her love of photography inspired by her father. She's a bit nervous about making friends before school starts in the fall, so she's determined to make the most of her summer.

She discovers that a photo contest is going on; entrants must submit photos that match the categories provided. However, Lucy's famous photographer of a father is judging the contest, so she enlists her neighbor Nate, to help.

However, the book is also a look at being near a family coping with their grandmother suffering from dementia. It kind of adds a nice mix to what the 'ideal' life is with the reality of the situation.

Lucy learns about loons, to kayak, and goes hiking on a mountain with Nate but there's also the very real element of Nate's family all supporting each other and especially his grandmother as she slowly starts to lose her memories.

I appreciated the dynamics that were presented with such a small cast of characters that still struck me as authentic.

It's a short, relatively bittersweet read. A nice one to just sit with for an hour.

Happy reading!

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