Author: Claudia Mills (USA)
Age category in store: 11
Publisher: Farrar, Strauss & Giroux (September 2016)
Michelle's rave: Write This Down has a sweetness and innocence that makes it feel like it could have been written 50 years ago. Endearing Autumn spends her time with her nose in a journal and her best friend spends her time knitting. The girls have a really strong and supportive friendship -- it's wonderful to read about fully developed female friendships.A good chunk of this book is set either in a coffee shop, school gym, Autumn's house or classroom. There's a closeness between Autumn and her teacher that is lovely. Their shared passion for the written word and storytelling make this book ideal for a classroom setting. Regarding family values, I think it's important to have books that emphasize sibling relationships and how the characters get through life's obstacles.I especially appreciated the discussion/family meeting that happens with Autumn and Hunter's parents to address problems head on. I think it's an honest resolution and vital for young readers to see that open communication is an effective strategy to work through emotional struggles. -- Reviewed by Michelle Gram
Numbers of stars: 4/5
Perfect for fans of: Olive's Ocean by Kevin Henkes, When You Reach Me by Rebecca Stead, Sunny Side Up by Jennifer L. Holm and Matthew Holm.