My anxiously awaited title this week is:
Water Balloon by Audrey Vernick
Publish Date: September 5, 2011
Publisher: Clarion Books
Genre: Realistic Fiction
Audience: Middle Grade
Marley's life feels as precarious as an overfull water balloon--one false move and everything will burst. Marley's lifelong best friends appear to be ditching her and her parents, newly separated, have decided she should spend the summer with her dad in his generic subdivision house, with a summer job she didn't ask for and certainly doesn’t want. On the up side there is a very cute boy who loves dogs as much as Marley does living across the street . . . but young love can be rocky too, with lots of opportunity for humiliation and misinterpreted signals. Luckily Marley is a girl who trusts her instincts and knows the truth when she sees it, attributes that make her immensely appealing and make her transitional summer worthwhile and satisfying to experience alongside her.
Even though Water Balloon is Audrey Vernick's first novel, you might already know her from the hilarious picture book Is Your Buffalo Ready for Kindergarten. If Water Balloon is even half as endearing as her Buffalo books, this novel is going to be a home run.