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Publisher's Note:

For a girl like Melody and a dog like Mo, life can be both sticky and sweet. Melody has lived in Royal, Indiana, for as long as she can remember. It's been just her and her father, and she's been okay with that. But then she overhears him calling someone Honey -- and suddenly it feels like everyone in Royal has a secret. It's up to Melody and her best friend, Nick, to piece together the clues and discover why Honey is being hidden. Meanwhile, a dog named Mo is new to Royal. He doesn't remember much from when he was a puppy . . . but he keeps having dreams of a girl he is bound to meet someday. This girl, he's sure, will change everything. In HONEY, Sarah Weeks introduces two characters -- one a girl, one a dog-- who are reaching back further than their memories in order to figure out where they came from and where they're going. It's a total treat from beginning to end.…


by Sarah Weeks

Overall Book Review:

The cover of this book is absolutely darling and completely irresistible!  Honey is a cute, middle grade book about ten year old Melody.  Unlike some fiction, this story is 100% plausible; everything that happened really could happen to a ten year old.  This gives the book an authentic feel and will make it easy for young readers to relate to Melody.  There is a small mystery to be solved and there is a dog (although the dog plays a minor role).  A bonus is a quirky hair and nail salon owner and an amazing array of fingernail polishes–101 to be precise.  Because it of its short length and the age of the characters, this book is a great choice for readers who have recently left behind chapter books.

This book was sent to Compass Book Ratings for review by Scholastic

Content Analysis:

Profanity/Language:  None

Violence/Gore:  Report of death of a parent a long time ago due to medical complications.

Sex/Nudity:  None

Mature Subject Matter:

Death of a parent.

Alcohol / Drug Use:

Adult goes and smokes in the garage (supposedly secretly, but everyone knows what he is doing).

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An accountant and CPA by profession, I found myself a book reviewer for Squeaky Clean Reads by happenstance. When the opportunity came to transform that website into Compass Book Ratings, I was excited to seize it and meld my business background with my love of books. As the mother of three teenage sons, I have read a large number of children and young adult books and I believe that there is great value in a content review service. As much as we would love to read everything our children read, there just isn’t enough time. I also appreciate being able to select books for myself that are really worth my precious and limited reading time. I believe there is a book out there for everyone–they just have to find it!