Review

Review: How To Be Brave by Daisy May Johnson

“When you do not have many people in the world that you love, you take a lot of care of the ones that you have.”


Genre: Fiction, Middlegrade
Pages: 297
Publisher: PushkinPress
Published: July 1st, 2021
Rate: 4 ⭐⭐⭐⭐
Goodreads Synopsis
Calla’s mum has never been normal. She’s been known to go out in a lab coat and slippers and often forgets to perform basic tasks because she’s been thinking about ducks. When a job offer arrives to study her beloved birds in the Amazon rainforest, Calla knows her mum has to go. Nervously, she agrees to go to boarding school.

She quickly learns that trouble is afoot in this odd convent school. A mean new headmistress is imposing horrible rules and making everyone eat Brussels sprout cake, and the students are itching to revolt. As Calla makes new friends and gets drawn into their rebellious plot, she keeps waiting for her mum to call. She will, won’t she?

Exuberantly funny and brimming with heart, How to Be Brave is a riotous celebration of the power of resourceful girls, stories and the right biscuit at the right time.

Disclaimer: I did receive an early copy of the book from the publisher for review but all thoughts and opinions expressed are honest and my own.


My Take
How To Be Brave is such a wonderful, magical read that I really enjoyed. Daisy May’s writing is flowy and easy to get, which makes for a quick read it. Set in a boarding school, the book follows such a charming story line that sets the reader for quite an adventure. One filled with baked goods, rebellious school girls and girl power. I loved it!

“Sometimes our happiest moments come before our saddest…”

How To Be Brave is rooted in friendship and shows how far one would go for their friends. The mother – daughter relationship is also well done, with a twist, and I found that I was surprised with how the author wrote it. Pleasantly surprised.

How To Be Brave is a magical, funny, adventurous read, one that I definitely recommend.

Your turn, do you have any Middlegrade recommendation for me?

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