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Reviewed by Lynette Fowlston for Readers' Favorite
"Abby" by Lisa A. McCombs is a delightful read that is appropriate for teenage girls as well as well as adults. The reader is taken on a journey through the school year by seventh grader Abigail Van Buren Masterdon. Abby, her mother, and little brother Joey have come home to Monongah Virginia. Abby’s father died when she was young, her mother has done her best considering she is a single parent. They had to move around a lot. In Monongah everyone seems to know them or at least her mother. While working on an English assignment to research a newspaper story, Abby just happens to come across “Dear Abby.” She writes in her journal to Abigail Van Buren almost daily, Abby is finding out more and more things about where they are living. This is where her mother is from as she discovers aunts, uncles, cousins and most of all grandparents, but what is most devastating is that she learns her mother has MS. From her mother’s heath and school work to boyfriends and cheerleader bullies the reader lives an interesting and often trying year with Abby.
This is a very interesting story, even though it is written as the daily journal of a twelve year old seventh grader. As you read it you would think that you are reading a true account although the book is fictional. The book shows how a twelve year old girl comes to terms with health issues and is grown up enough to help her mother and how writing to Dear Abby in her journal helps her overcome a problem with bullies instead of fighting them. I think all girls from twelve years old and up should read this book as it shows how they too can overcome adversity.