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This is a beautiful book about finding your identity, friendship, and the complicated relationships between sisters Exquisite descriptions of shore life. Sometimes it s a mistake to judge a book by its cover or by its book blurb That s the case for this particular title When I first looked at it, I told myself, Here comes another of those beach books Then, I read the blurb, and thought, Noit s going to be a bit weird since Indie Lee Chicory has a pet lobster Wow Yeah That s really different I wasn t sure if it would be a good different or a bad different, and I m certainly glad that I gave the book a try because I ended up liking it Sometimes it s a mistake to judge a book by its cover or by its book blurb That s the case for this particular title When I first looked at it, I told myself, Here comes another of those beach books Then, I read the blurb, and thought, Noit s going to be a bit weird since Indie Lee Chicory has a pet lobster Wow Yeah That s really different I wasn t sure if it would be a good different or a bad different, and I m certainly glad that I gave the book a try because I ended up liking it quite a lot While the opening scenes when Indie Lee s beloved pet, The Lobster Monty Cola, comes to school on the last day of fifth grade and then escapes into the ocean are funny and too strange for words, what follows is so amazingly true to life to make me forget all my initial assumptions At its heart, this is a book about self acceptance and having the courage to be the best person you are and stand up for others, even when that s an unpopular decision Indie wants to please her older sister, Bebe, who is trying to get in good with some of the other teens involved in summer theater, and because Bebe asks her to, she changes her clothing in order not to embarrass Bebe But as Indie realizes while searching for her lobster with a lot of help from Owen, considered a loser by Bebe s crowd, is that she can only be the best person she can be by being true to herself There s not a reader among us who hasn t felt the pressure to betray someone in order to fit in with the popular crowd, but clearly, doing so is a heavy, soul stealing price to pay Despite the seriousness of the book s theme, it contains many hilarious scenes I m not sure I buy that Sloth would make her way to Indie s home in order to free her once she has been grounded, but the rescue did provide plenty of comic relief The book abounds with good messages about self empowerment and being true to myself Plus, I had no idea that anyone ever kept a lobster as a pet Erin Moulton s charming and heartful Tracing Stars is a story of friendship, family loyalty and what happens when the two collide Moulton s fast paced, funny and irresistible writing beautifully captures summer life in the New England seaside town where Indie Lee Chickory, the plucky, inventive and good hearted protagonist, isn t afraid to break rules to save what she loves and in the process discovers what it means to be yourself. Indie can t seem to not embarrass her big sister Bebe, especially on the last day of school when she discovers that she smells like fish because her pet lobster Monty crawled into her backpack Then she accidentally loses Monty in the ocean, which is disappointing for her dad because Monty is a rare golden lobster But Indie decides she s going to make it better Her chance comes when she starts working on scenery for the community theater where Bebe is acting Bebe tells Indie how to dress and Indie can t seem to not embarrass her big sister Bebe, especially on the last day of school when she discovers that she smells like fish because her pet lobster Monty crawled into her backpack Then she accidentally loses Monty in the ocean, which is disappointing for her dad because Monty is a rare golden lobster But Indie decides she s going to make it better Her chance comes when she starts working on scenery for the community theater where Bebe is acting Bebe tells Indie how to dress and how to act, and Indie makes a new friend, Owen, who s helping her find Monty When Bebe s new friends make Indie be mean to Owen, Indie will have to decide if the new Indie is better than the old Indie.This was a cute story with lots of humor I loved that Indie wasn t labelled a tomboy just because she didn t mind getting dirty and smelling like fish Her fish obsession was great I had never considered lobsters to have a personality but Monty sure did The secondary characters were really the best, I loved Sloth the goth punk head of set design and Owen my heart was breaking for him at the end Indie had a lot of spunk, too her relationship with Bebe was very Ramona and Beezus, but mostly because I think it s similar to most sisterly relationships at that age I will also say, all the talk of clam chowder and lobster bisque made me very, very hungry Overall, a great contemporary story for younger readers Writing reviews is tricky You don t want to be too nitpicky you want to be respectful and you want to give an honest take on a book Personal taste can taint an analysis and unbeknownst to you can skew your review That s why I really admire some of the Goodreads reviewers who walk the fine line of giving an honest review that helps me in my book purchases, as well as give witty, insightful, and very helpful advice So thank you I need to loghours in before I will start feeling comfo Writing reviews is tricky You don t want to be too nitpicky you want to be respectful and you want to give an honest take on a book Personal taste can taint an analysis and unbeknownst to you can skew your review That s why I really admire some of the Goodreads reviewers who walk the fine line of giving an honest review that helps me in my book purchases, as well as give witty, insightful, and very helpful advice So thank you I need to loghours in before I will start feeling comfortable with this reviewing process and not wracked by self doubts This journey of better understanding literature is an odd walk and I know some of my reviews are kind of weird in a good way but weird all the same Indie Lee Chickory is weird too She tries to hide it and conform but she likes to make fish faces, calm her nerves by reciting different types of fish, and wear tomboy clothes She wants to be liked by her sister and is frustrated by her awkwardness and always messing things up I can relate to her inferiority complex and clumsiness whether it is writing reviews or burning dinner up on the stove Indie s internal journey of accepting her uniqueness is what touched me the most in this realistic story and I think it will touch others as well.Indie is a bit of an oddball at school who enjoys making fish faces and whom the other kids tease calling her a fish freak When her pet lobster sneaks into her backpack she tries to find it some water over recess Problems rise when the lobster decides to peak out from under her shirt like an alien from outer space She loses the lobster in the ensuing melee and then sets out to get it back with the help of a newfound friend, Owen, who is even odder than her He sounds like a walking encyclopedia who makes lists in a notebook trying to categorize everything His personal life is out of control and this is what calms him.Indie s sister, Bebe, is embarrassed by her younger sister and when Indie gets a job at the community theater where her sister has a part in the play production, Bebe is mortified with how Indie dresses Every night Bebe lays out girly girl clothes for Indie to wear when she comes to the theater because Bebe is trying to impress another girl, Kelsey Kelsey is a bully who hates Owen s different personality Indie desperately wants to please her sister and stop doing klutzy, embarrassing things and she wants to be Owen s friend When a prank goes too far, Indie has to decide between being herself and feeling good about her choices or following the crowd.The plot has some unbelievable spots, but they add tension, humor and drama so I didn t care I don t think the kids would steal a neighbor s golf cart why not ask and then forget to return it, especially Owen I don t think Sloth would have freed Indie from her bedroom or a lobster would have crawled in her backpack, but it s fun Indie sneaks out of the house at times when her family is awake and I didn t think this would happen either, because in previous chapters her mom comes in to say, good night and she and her sister are close in age This is one of those instances where I might be being too nitpicky.The characters are interesting Bebe is a perfectionist and finds it hard to be around her bumbling sister I thought the flashback was a bit awkward It is supposed to show how much Bebe wants to be an actress and why she is intolerant of her sister, but I think her perfectionist personality comes through with her extra play rehearsals in the early morning The flashback isn t necessary for the plot or character development I did like all the fish imagery and tying it in with the constellations The other great scene is Sloth and Indie dancing around the shop room like crazy girls I laughed hard and thought about how we d do that in college singing into our curling irons like they were microphones and sticking popcorn up our noses with the floors vibrating from the cranked up music Good times.I have never had a pet lobster I didn t even know you could have them as pets, much less put them down your shirt however, I did act out books Probably the dumbest thing I did was carve a peep hole in their beautiful wood door with her She got a new chisel set for her birthday We ate clam chowder, saltines, and Velveeta cheese for lunch taking turns looking through the hole to make sure her brother wasn t spying on us Little did we know that we should have been looking for an angry parent, not a snoopy brother I had another good friend who saved all the spleens from the animals she dissected in biology class She s now a neurosurgeon I really thought she d be a mortician Guess we all have our quirks Tracing Stars should top your summer reading list The characters, from the young passionate protagonist Indie and her popular sister Bebe to the punk teen Sloth and lovably,quirky, nerdy Owen, are beautifully constructed and imaginative while at the same time so true to life that you will see yourself reflected in them You will join Indie and Owen as they embark on an adventure and learn some important lessons about independence, peer pressure and the friendships that really matter most But a Tracing Stars should top your summer reading list The characters, from the young passionate protagonist Indie and her popular sister Bebe to the punk teen Sloth and lovably,quirky, nerdy Owen, are beautifully constructed and imaginative while at the same time so true to life that you will see yourself reflected in them You will join Indie and Owen as they embark on an adventure and learn some important lessons about independence, peer pressure and the friendships that really matter most But along the way, you ll fall in love with Indie s pet lobster Monty Cola, want to start your own version of Owen s Book of Logic and Reason, and maybe even start building a Tree Boat of your very own SPOILER ALERT Imagine being the fish freak of Plumtown and to make it worse you have a pet golden lobster The genre of this book is realistic fiction because all these events can have the ability to happen in real life I really liked this book because of the somehow feeling of warmth it gave me In the story a girl named Indie Lee Chickory tries to be a better her throughout the entire book,but loses her pet Monty Cola after a big incident when he accidentally sneaks into her book bag an SPOILER ALERT Imagine being the fish freak of Plumtown and to make it worse you have a pet golden lobster The genre of this book is realistic fiction because all these events can have the ability to happen in real life I really liked this book because of the somehow feeling of warmth it gave me In the story a girl named Indie Lee Chickory tries to be a better her throughout the entire book,but loses her pet Monty Cola after a big incident when he accidentally sneaks into her book bag and when she runs to Crawdad Beach to get him in some water Monty Cola runs into the water On the other hand her sister Bebe is trying to get in with the cool popular girl Kesley because she wants to get into the next musical, but when Indie joins the back stage crew Bebe totally changes everything about her like I mean EVERYTHING including how she behaves because Bebe believes that as a person she is not perfect so she tries to make her and anything around her seem that way That s when Indie then meets Owen who helps her find Monty Cola by building a large version of the Mary Grace 2 the boat that originally caught the lobster to recreate the events that led to the catch Also along the way Indie meets a girl named Sloth who she works with in the stage design crew After that Kesley and Bebe convince Indie to prank Owen, so unknowingly it was Owen Indie trips him making himof a disappointment to his dad, but after all that drama Owen decides to forgive her and they finally end up getting Monty Cola back In the end Bebe and Indie make up and become happy with a sister Pisces charm wish a Pisces is a constellation of a fish in the sky that is also carved into 2 necklaces between Indie and Bebe that is has the ability to wish on The type of conflict in the story is person vc person because throughout the story like I said Indie tries to better her but has to deal with an adventure with her and her friends The main character Indie in my opinion is sorta confused on what she has to be at this point but is very determined to figure it out, and on an unrelated note she has a really funny way of showing that she is nervous because she actually names all the fishes possible Next is Bebe and she is very conceited and selfish to me but deep inside she truly wants to be one thing and one thing only Perfect After that is Kesley who is also very selfish and will do anything to stay at the top where she belongs even if she has to crush her true friends Another sweet character is Owen and he is so geeky considering that he keep a log journal of everything that happens, but in all he really cares for Indie as his first ever true best friend Last is my favorite character Sloth and she is a very hard rocker with really spiky hair, but beneath that rocky exterior she cares for her friends including Indie and Owen The point of view of this story was 1st person because the text was coming from Indie s perspective of everything I was moved in the end when Indie and Owen were in the Mary Grace 2 just talking and laying there holding hands I liked the way the author wrote this book because it was just like one big puzzle and each of the chapters I read fit perfectly together, and it really made the story makesense I was satisfied with the fact that this book was named Tracing Stars because it all came together that Indie got her wish from the Pisces Charm at the end which was to be a better version of her My favorite part of the book was when Indie was doing all she can to apologize to Owen for tripping him because it was a moment that looked as if she really truly cared for him with all her heart I can connect this story to me because my sister would always judge and try to change me all the time so I would be an embarrassing sister I can compare this book to another called Mockingbird because the main character was in search for something throughout the whole story just like Indie was but the main difference was that that the thing they were searching for was Closure not a better version In conclusion I really loved this book from the way it was written to the way it made me feel I would rate this book a 10 10 because it was so fantastic I really could not stop reading it I would recommend this story to anyone who can find a true meaning to something or can read with anticipation So what is your Pisces wish if you had to think and choose one &Read Ebook ⇜ Tracing Stars ☠ A charming novel about sisterhood, self identity, and friendship from the author of FlutterIndie Lee Chickory knows she s not as cool as her older sister Bebe Bebe has friends, for one And no one tells Bebe she s a fish freak, for two So when Indie accidentally brings her pet lobster to school, makes a scene, loses him in the ocean and embarrasses Bebe worse than usual, she makes a wish on a star to become a better Chickory She tries to do this by joining the stage crew of the community s theater production, The Sound of Music Bebe has a starring role But Bebe is worried that Indie will embarrass her again, so she gives her a makeover and tells her who she should be friends with That means Owen is out But he s fun and smart, so Indie keeps her friendship with him a secret At night, Indie and Owen rebuild a tree house into a ship in the sky to catch Indie s pet lobster But during the day, Indie has to hide her friendship with OwenWhen things come to a head, Indie realizes that being true to yourself is important than being cool But what s even surprising is that Bebe realizes it, too I didn t really like this book, it was boring to me, don t recommend it 4.5 5 StarsTHREE WORDS Quirky, Charming, FunMY REVIEW Erin E Moulton s Tracing Stars has everything I love in middle grade books charming characters, a fun story and full of quirkiness I had a blast reading this book Indie Lee Chickory doesn t fit in as well as her big sister Bebe The other kids don t appreciate Indie s impressive fish face skills and call her a Fish Freak And when her pet lobster, Monty, accidentally comes to school with Indie and she must smuggle him out, it ends in dis 4.5 5 StarsTHREE WORDS Quirky, Charming, FunMY REVIEW Erin E Moulton s Tracing Stars has everything I love in middle grade books charming characters, a fun story and full of quirkiness I had a blast reading this book Indie Lee Chickory doesn t fit in as well as her big sister Bebe The other kids don t appreciate Indie s impressive fish face skills and call her a Fish Freak And when her pet lobster, Monty, accidentally comes to school with Indie and she must smuggle him out, it ends in disaster Not only does Indie embarrass Bebe and herself, she loses Monty in the ocean Indie makes a wish on a star to become a better Chickory and to find Monty Indie volunteers to be a part of the stage crew for the summer musical, in which Bebe has a starring role Afraid of another embarrassing disaster, Bebe gives Indie a makeover and strict rules about who she can be friends with So when Indie becomes friends with the nerdy Owen and they come up with an ingenious plan to find Monty, she must keep their friendship a secret And when this secret is discovered, both Indie and Bebe must decide what simportant being liked or being true to yourself.Moulton s Tracing Stars is a quick, but very enjoyable read Moulton has crafted a very well written, witty and poignant story with a simply delightful heroine Nicely paced and full of excitement, readers of all ages will be captivated from beginning to end of this MG contemporary.The story is quirky in the best way possible a missing pet golden lobster, fish faces, a boat in a tree, a small community of eclectic people, a true friendship between two outcasts, oh my This page turner is full of laugh out loud moments just wait till you read all about the lobster in a school escapade , heartwarming relationships and poignant messages Moulton writes with a fresh, amusing voice that captures the essence of youth wonderfully.The story s heroine, Indie, shines bright with her quirky personality, compassion and refusal to be anyone but herself This is a heroine that readers will easily relate to and want to root for Owen is such a unique, smart and fascinating boy I love the friendship between these two and how genuine it is The sibling relationship between Indie and Bebe is very realistic, full of fights and love And of course, Monty, the lobster is quite the scene stealer Indie s journey to find Monty is full of new experiences, new friends, a mean girl, life lessons and a lot of laughs Moulton has crafted a relatable glimpse into the sometimes difficult years of adolescence And the author offers readers a heartwarming and encouraging message about friendship, love and acceptance.MY FINAL THOUGHTS I had a wonderful time reading the MG book Tracing Stars is bursting with humor, characters that shine and touching moments A must read for all ages