Pixie Pushes On by Tamara Bundy
Published by: Nancy Paulsen Books
Release date: 14/01/2020
Summary: Pixie’s defenses are up, and it’s no wonder. She’s been uprooted, the chickens seem to have it in for her, and now her beloved sister, Charlotte, has been stricken with polio and whisked away into quarantine. So it’s not surprising Pixie lashes out. But her habit of making snap judgments — and giving her classmates nicknames like “Rotten Ricky” and “Big-Mouth Berta” — hasn’t won her any friends. At least life on the farm is getting better with the delivery of its newest resident–a runt baby lamb. Raising Buster takes patience and understanding–and this slowing down helps Pixie put things in better perspective. So too does paying attention to her neighbors, and finding that with the war on she’s not the only one missing someone. As Pixie pushes past her own pain to become a bigger person, she’s finally able to make friends; and to laugh about the fact that it is in places where she least expected it.
I picked up an ARC of this book at YALC last year at a stall that was giving away an ARC with every purchase. I mainly chose it because it had a pretty cover, and there was nothing on the table that I specifically wanted. I went away and read the synopsis and realised it is not the kind of book I usually read. I decided to give it a go anyway, and I am so glad I did. Pixie Pushes On was such a sweet read, and I enjoyed every second of it.
I really loved the writing. It really made me feel like I was there on the farm with Pixie and her family. I felt that the author did a good job at capturing the voice of a young girl.
I found it so easy to get into Pixie’s head and feel all the pain and joy she felt throughout the book.
I loved watching Pixie grow throughout the book, as she learnt not to judge people, but to get to know them instead, as everyone is going through something.
Overall this book was incredibly sweet and heartwarming and I really enjoyed my experience reading it. I highly recommend it if you enjoy middle grade books.
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