Review: Foreverland

This was such a cute middle grade read – I really enjoyed Foreverland.

Margaret runs away from home and hides out in the local amusement park Foreverland. That’s were she meets The Boy Wonder – Jaime – who has also run away from home to live there.

While the two teenagers have fun together, they also share secrets and family drama, and become close friends over the course of two days. Readers can feel the hurt these two are dealing with at home. 

I liked Margaret a lot – I thought she was a fun character to follow as our man character. Timid, and with a “forgettable face” but also brave and smart enough to decide to runaway and hide out at an amusement park without being caught by security.

Jaime was also a fun side kick. I loved the beginning when he was a mystery to Margaret, appearing and leaving notes, doing small things and then vanishing. I also really enjoyed the dynamic between him and the head of security – that was fun and tense!

Overall, this was a fun, fast-paced read. Definitely brilliant for middle grade readers, and readers of all ages who want to be swept up in the fantasy of living in an amusement park – even if only for a few days.

GIVEAWAY INFORMATION

Up for grabs, we have THREE (3) paperback copies of Foreverland by Nicole C. Kear & ONE (1) K’NEX Thrill Rides Shark Attack Roller Coaster Building Set. This giveaway will run from April 26th to May 3rd at 11:59 PM CST and is open to US residents only.

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TITLE: Foreverland

AUTHOR: Nicole C. Kear

PUBLISHER: Imprint

RELEASE DATE: April 21st, 2021

GENRE(S): Middle-Grade Fiction–Contemporary, Adventure

BUY LINK: https://bookshop.org/a/11727/9781250219831

SYNOPSIS:

Margaret is tired of everything always changing. Middle school has gone from bad to worse. Her best friend is becoming a stranger. And her family-well, it’s not even a family anymore.

So Margaret is running away to Foreverland, her favorite amusement park. Hiding out there is trickier than she expects–until she meets Jaime, a thrill-seeking, fast-thinking runaway who teaches Margaret how to stay one step ahead of the captain of security.

At first, this after-hours, all-access pass to the park is a dream come true: sleepovers in the Haunted House, nonstop junk food, and an unlimited ticket to ride. But as the runaways learn each other’s secrets, they must face the reasons they left their normal lives behind. With the Captain closing in and Jaime’s future on the line, can Margaret finally take control?

AUTHOR INFORMATION

Nicole C. Kear is the author of the memoir Now I See You (St. Martin’s Press), chosen as a Must-Read by People, Amazon, Martha Stewart Living, Parade, Redbook, and Marie Claire UK among others. Her books for children include the middle grade novel Foreverland, the chapter series The Fix-It Friends, and the middle grade series The Startup Squad, co-written with Brian Weisfeld (all published by Macmillan Kids’ Imprint). Her essays appear in the New York Times, Good Housekeeping, New York, Psychology Today, Parents, as well as Salon, the Huffington Post and xoJane. She teaches non-fiction writing at Columbia University and the NYU School of Professional Studies.

A native of New York, she received a BA from Yale, a MA from Columbia, and a red nose from the San Francisco School of Circus Arts. She lives in Brooklyn with her husband, three children and two teddy bear hamsters.

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