“D.J. and her dad moved far from the small town and only home she ever knew. Now she’s starting middle school in the city with kids she’s never met. She tries to make friends, but they all appear to be slaves to screen time. D.J. just likes to garden, nurturing plants, watching them grow and thrive. It seems she’ll never find a way to fit in, but then she awakens in a gorgeous garden where she meets Persephone, Goddess of Spring. She must be dreaming; her new friend can’t possibly be real—and what could she know about getting along with gamers? D.J. really needs some ideas, or she might never find her own place in a complicated world.
Daisy, Bold & Beautiful is the debut novel of middle-schooler Ellie Collins, daughter of award-winning author Stephanie Collins. Boys and girls alike will appreciate Ellie’s keen eye for the challenges of growing up that she and her friends must face. Discover the wonderful writing of Ellie now, then follow her to learn about her writing and more books to come.”
“Daisy, Bold & Beautiful” was an endearing read, and written by a middle school student for other middle school students. A young girl named, D.J., moves into town, a new house (duplex) and must go to a new school. She has anxiety and D.J. and her dad are trying to make life work after her mom’s death. D.J. makes friends her first day of school but something interesting happens after school and when she goes to sleep for the night; as she is taken into a completely different realm. I loved how the flowers in this different realm made a complete 180 degrees and helped D.J. with her own green thumb. Readers must meet Fern – just touching. I highly recommend this book and new author. FIVE stars all the way!