Absolutely Truly: A Pumpkin Falls Mystery

Book review by Andrea Beach, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 8+

Mildly entertaining tween mystery falls short in resolution.

Parents say

age 9+

Based on 2 reviews

Kids say

age 8+

Based on 1 review

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age 10+

I Truly Loved This Book!

Emotionally riveting, "Absolutely Truly" is perfect for a number of audiences: military families; children adjusting to a new school; transitioning to adolescence; living with a depressed family member-and many more! Truly grapples with common relatable challenges: struggling academically; finding a friend group; feelings that come with thinking her name is unusual; feeling insecure about her body and abilities; learning how to cope and respond when being teased and picked on by immature boys; dealing with gossip and rumors; family financial struggles; longing for affirmation from the fun yet firm father she once knew-before he lost a limb and his dream career due to combat injuries. Truly models character, resilience, problem solving, assertiveness, and learns several difficult life lessons along the way. Truly maintains her own identity and independent thoughts, yet demonstrates obedience and respect for her parents and others she disagrees with. There is a lot packed in around the small-town mystery in this gem of a book. A very wholesome and interesting read.

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age 8+

Fun and delightful

This is a great story and full of laughs. It also has depth. It is well-written and a delight to read. I, as an adult, enjoyed it immensely. I am going to recommend it to my extended family as well. I'm sure they will get a kick out of it. I'll be on the lookout for more books by Heather V. Frederick.

This title has:

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Great messages
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