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Publisher's Note:

From the author of the successful Friends for Keeps series comes Wren Jo Byrd, a nine-year-old introvert whose life has gone topsy-turvy ever since her dad moved out. "By turns heartbreaking and heartwarming—exactly like real life. Julie Bowe takes on the tough questions about what it means to be honest, to be a good friend, and to be a family, and offers answers that, while not always easy, ar…

Overall Book Review:

For Wren life was perfect until her parents decided to get a divorce at the beginning of the summer and then quickly sending her to her grandparents in another city.  Now, at the beginning of the school year, no one knows where she’s been or that her life has been turned upside down.  Can she just pretend it never happened?  Or will pretending cost her her best friend as well?

Big & Little Questions (According to Wren Jo Byrd) by Julie Bowe is a heartfelt story of a girl caught up in circumstances she doesn’t fully understand.  Wren is a quiet and intelligent young lady who has the rare ability to see past the facades those close to her put up–even if she can’t see what’s on the other side.  Her struggle to find her place in a life that has been changed forever will strike a chord with any reader who has experienced momentous change.  Bowe approaches difficult topics with a sincerity and respect that elevates the story out of the realm of trivial pre-teen angst and helps the reader forge a bond with Wren as she finds her way.

Big & Little Questions (According to Wren Jo Byrd) is a lovely and touching tale that will engross readers of all ages.

Review of an Advance Reader’s Copy

This book was sent to Compass Book Ratings for review by Kathy Dawson Books

Content Analysis:

Profanity/Language:  None

Violence/Gore:  Boys pull girls hair a couple times; girl hit with ball; girl shoves other girl; girl hits other girl with ball; girl accidentally punches man’s leg; reference to hitting a deer with a car.

Sex/Nudity:  None

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About the Reviewer

I always say that I love to read and that books are my passion, but as I have grown a little older, I have come to realize that isn’t entirely true. I do love reading, but my true passion is stories. For as long as I can remember I have been completely enthralled with a good story, no matter the medium: books, theater, movies/TV shows–even a few video games (yes, I am a nerd).