Book Review

by Bryanna P.

Courage for Beginners

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by Karen Harrington

Copyright: 2014
Genre: Realistic Fiction


Courage for Beginners is a great book about a seventh grader, Mysti Murphy who has a family that is very different in many ways from the average persons family, and when Mysti's father goes into the hospital things only get worse. Also her only best friend has started to hang out with the "hipsters" leaving her friendless when she needs a friend the most. Mysti wishes to be a character in a book so that she would know how to handle everything going on around her. Eventually Mysti finds the courage to take care of her family while her father is in the hospital unable to.

My Favorite Character

Mysti is most definitely my favorite character in the book because, she goes from a scared middle schooler to someone courageous who is able to care for her family in a difficult situation. I admire Mysti as a character because I don't know if I would be able to handle a situation like hers as well as she did.

My Recommondation

I would recommend this book to anyone, especially to kids who have been through things like Mysti. Anyone who reads this book could learn from the way that Mysti deals with her problems. I thought that this book was very interesting and relatable and I will probably end up reading it again in the future.