The Marvelous Adventures of Gwendolyn Gray

Hmmm. It's hard to know where, to begin with, this book. It's marked MG, but many, many parts seemed more YA to me. I wouldn't hand it to a kid under the age of 12. If it were a movie it would be PG13 if that gives you any context. It depends on your kid, I felt a little uncomfortable and edited a scene at the beginning while I read it aloud (a mean girl bra snapping incident) but the rest was fine for my 12yo.

Gwendolyn lives in a gray city (world really) where the buildings are the same and the people are the same. Gwendolyn with her red hair and nonconformist attitude has a difficult time. She rebels but not in an angsty way more in line with Princess Leia. 

I think it was a great twist on fantasy and dystopian.

Verdict- Buy

The Marvelous Adventures of Gwendolyn Gray by B.A. Williamson

May 15, 2018

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Jennifer Naughton

I'm a lifelong bibliophile who happens to love children's books and who should have become a librarian. Instead I horde books in case of apocalypse or the enactment of a Fahrenheit 451 type law. My five kids accept my addiction and have learned to accept books in odd places.