Dear Sweet Pea

Dear Sweet Pea

Book - 2019
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"Thirteen-year-old Patricia, widely known as Sweet Pea, navigates her parents' unconventional divorce and finds herself in the unlikely role of her town's advice columnist"--
Publisher: New York, New York : Balzer + Bray, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers, ©2019.
ISBN: 9780062473073
Characteristics: 273 pages ;,22 cm.


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JCLBrittanyC Feb 10, 2021

This was our February tween book club read, and as I have with Julie Murphy’s other books, I loved it. Our main character Sweet Pea finds herself in the middle of her parents’ divorce and rocky friendships when she is asked to aid Miss Flora Mae with her advice column. All Miss Flora Mae needs is for Sweet Pea to mail the letters she receives to her sister’s house in Florida, but when Sweet Pea finds herself getting curious, she becomes involved in a whole new way. This was your classic sweet J read. If a parent were wanting to read alongside their child, this would be a wonderful pick that would sparks some great conversations. Many of our tweens find characters or experiences that they connected to in this book, so I think this could be utilized as a classroom read as well. If you have read Julie Murphy’s Dumplin, this takes place in the same world. Julie also disclosed with us that she is working on the screenplay for this movie to be made into a Disney Channel movie, so get excited

JCLS_Ashland_Kristin Jun 01, 2020

A sweet middle grade problem novel. Sweet Pea makes big friendship mistakes, but dusts herself off and tries again. A nice look at the messy friendships of 6-8 graders as they grow into young adults at different rates.

DCLkids Feb 18, 2020

A Great Books for Great Kids pick. Sweet Pea navigates her parent's divorce and middle school friendships while helping with an elderly neighbor's newspaper advice column. Grades 4-6.

Feb 02, 2020

This sweet book begins as seventh grader Patricia "Sweet Pea" DiMarco learns her parents are getting a divorce because her dad is gay. He moves to another house just two doors down to try to keep things "normal." Her new best friend Oscar is hurt because Sweet Pea's ex-best friend Kiera is coming back into her life, and she agrees to help neighbor Miss Flora Mae, who is also the town's advice columnist, by forwarding the letters she receives to the newspaper editor while Flora Mae goes on a three-week vacation. Lots of 7th grade drama and pizza as Sweet Pea ends up answering some of the letters herself using Miss Flora Mae's signature. An evergreen story of young teen confusion updated with contemporary themes of weight and body consciousness, homosexuality and homophobia, and inter-racial families. Sweet Pea and her friends all learn life lessons and everything wraps up happily. Sometimes you just want to read a book that leaves you with a warm feeling. This is it.

FPL_Yvette Jan 24, 2020

Patricia "sweet pea" DiMarco lives in the quiet West Texas town of Valentine. Her loving parents hoped their recent divorce would cause as little disturbance as possible. That meant one of them moving into a nearly identical home just one house down from the
other.  That house in between them, it belongs to the town's advice columnist, the ever so eccentric Miss Flora Mae. Things are bound to get interesting! Sweet Pea is your typical 7th grader with her embarrassing moments and shifting friendships; this is one tweens will certainly relate to.

JCLPiepieB Oct 10, 2019

I really liked this book! It was a fun, quick read. Even though it's a "children's" book, with some mature topics, the story was very enjoyable. Sweet Pea and her cat Cheese are a delight.

LPL_MaryW Aug 29, 2019

Patricia “Sweet Pea” DiMarco is the sassy, thirteen-year-old heroine of this story. She is also fat, and she knows she’s beautiful! When Sweet Pea’s parents decide to separate, they try to make the transition as smooth for her as possible, but when Sweet Pea’s dad moves into a nearly-identical house two doors down, things get weird. Meanwhile, the DiMarcos’ neighbor, a mysterious old lady who pens responses to letters in a newspaper column called Dear Miss Flora Mae, asks for a favor, Sweet Pea may just get herself into a pickle. Julie Murphy’s outstanding middle grade debut is bigger than Texas!

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