Through the Looking Glass Children's Book Reviews

The Cupid Chronicles

The Cupid Chronicles

Coleen Murtagh Paratore
Fiction  Series
For ages 12 and up
Simon and Schuster, 2008   ISBN: 1416954848

Not that long ago, Willa’s life was dominated by mother, who was lonely, bossy, and prone to sudden decisions to move to a new town or city. Now, thankfully, Willa’s mother is happily married to a wonderful man, and as a result Willa has a more relaxed home life. The only thing that is missing is JFK, a boy whom Willa likes more than a little. The problem is that Willa is not sure if JFK likes her. It does not help that Willa’s classmate Ruby has her eye on JFK.

Then Willa learns that the town council plans to close the local library. Willa is appalled and decides that something has to be done. She decides to suggest that saving the library should be her class’s community service project. Willa comes up with the idea of putting on dances and other events to raise money for the library, and soon she and her friends are busy planning a variety of holiday events.

Though Willa is very busy with her various activities, she never stops hoping that Cupid will do her a good turn and help her attract JFK’s notice.

This delightful sequel to The Wedding Planner’s Daughter not only gives readers an entertaining and sweet story, but it also offers up some wisdom in a package that is threaded with humor and warmth. The author explores the idea that there are times when we need to give back to the community in some way or another; she also shows her readers that there are times when you have to have faith and take a “leap” into the unknown, even if it scares you.

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