Thursday, September 4, 2014

Review: Liberty Belle by Emily Ungar

Liberty BelleLiberty Belle by Emily Ungar
Published: August 2014 by Anaiah Press
Source: I received a copy in exchange for an honest review

On the same day she turns twelve years old, Savannah moves away from everything she’s known in sweet, sunny Georgia to preppy Washington D.C. Not only will she miss her best friends Katie and Tessa, Savannah will start a new school. She soon discovers that her schoolmates love to brag—about their clothes, their parents’ governmental connections, and even who has the in with the school authorities.

Unhappy and lonely, Savannah decides if she can’t make life better, she can at least make it sound that way. Soon she is living in the childhood home of George Washington, riding in the limo of the vice president’s daughter, and even moving into the former Luxembourg embassy.

All is well until she learns that her true friends from Georgia are coming for a visit. Now Savannah must create the life she’s been talking about in her letters—and fast! Will Savannah find herself or lose her friends?

My Review:
This is a great coming-of-age story for a middle grade reader. Savannah, from Savannah, Georgia, moves to Washington D.C. right in the middle of her 6th grade year. Desperate to seem like she's doing well and adjusting to the move, she uses her imagination to invent all kinds of things in order to impress her friends back home. I could understand why she would resort to telling lies--who would want to admit that she can't fit in and is lonely? 

I really liked the lessons that Savannah learned: To have a friend, one needs to be a friend; the truth is always best; it's never too late to tell the truth; being popular isn't always the best thing. She really found a good friend in Aria and used some good advice to be who truly is. I think once she relaxed and let her guard down, she was able to make some new true friends. It's hard to pretend to be someone else. 

There were some mean kids and some situations really brought out some feelings. Why is it that people who are different than the majority get picked on? Why is it that some people think they're better than others? Why do some people have to put others down in order to make themselves feel better? It never works. I liked seeing Savannah learn to deal with and handle all of these different situations.

I have a 6th grader and he's not into all the drama that this book was about. Some things almost seemed more middle school, which I guess 6th grade is in some places, but not this one.

Content: Clean!

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About the Author:
Emily Ungar is a graduate of Indiana University, where she majored in journalism. After living in seven different U.S. states by the time she finished college, she now lives in Indianapolis, Indiana, with her husband and very curious twin toddlers. When she isn’t chasing after her twin boys, Emily loves to curl up in a chaise lounge with a book in one hand and a lemon cupcake in the other. Emily loves connecting with her readers, so she welcomes you to say hi on her blog at

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