Friday, May 23, 2008

Deep Down Popular: A Novel

Deep Down Popular: A Novel by Phoebe Stone
In a small, Virginia town, sixth-grader Jessie Lou Ferguson has a crush on the hugely popular Conrad Parker Smith, and when he suddenly develops a medical problem and the teacher asks Jessie Lou to help him, they become friends, to her surprise.
Find out more about the author Phoebe Stone.


Kirkus said...

...Stone incorporates a loving family, small-town life with several eccentric inhabitants and even a bit of mystery into Jessie's story. At times it's a bit of mishmash, but the side stories are delightful and Jessie is such an engaging, innocent/wise character, that the reader will forgive all, especially as there is a lovely, happy ending. Sweet and winning.

Booklist said...

This is an ode to love in many forms. Jessie Lou has loved Conrad since second grade, and she learns someone has been in love with her, as well. There is also a sweet relationship between Jessie Lou and her grandfather, who knows how to turn a Southern phrase, and between Granddaddy and his daughter, Jessie Lou’s mama. Jessie Lou tells her tale with the strong, rough-edged purity of a young poet, which she is; equally strong are the story’s are underpinnings, longing and laughter, and a willingness to believe in something despite the facts...Five Stars *****