Lisa's Ugly Glasses

Children - Coming of Age
111 Pages
Reviewed on 02/13/2021
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Author Biography

Erica Richardson is the author of middle-grade and young adult books. She writes the middle-grade fantasy series The Cottonwood Chronicles, starring Luna the crested gecko. She also passionately writes books about mental-health themes, including her books Lisa's Ugly Glasses, a middle-grade book about social anxiety, and the Peregrine series, a series of young adult books with mental health themes.

She emphasizes literature that is clean, family friendly, and inspiring. Her middle-grade books are perfect for young readers, written to get kids excited about the world of reading while stretching their vocabularies. She is married to her best friend, Seth, and together they have three beautiful children. Erica enjoys a variety of activities, including taking care of animals, playing the tuba, and spending time with family.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Tiffany Ferrell for Readers' Favorite

Lisa is an eleven-year-old fifth grader who has been extremely shy for as long as she can remember. Even getting called on in class causes her to panic. Her friend Jackie is shy as well, and it was only thanks to their parents that the two became friends. One day Lisa finds an ugly pair of glasses in her cubby. They are large and only have one lens, but Lisa is automatically curious about them. After trying them on a few times, she discovers something amazing. The glasses show what people want. Using the ugly frames to guide her, Lisa takes one bold step after another, and soon she begins to make friends and come out of her shell. Shocked that the glasses made things so easy, she also soon finds out that with each person there is more than meets the eye. This also applies to the boy in her class that constantly bullies her. With one pair of broken, ugly glasses, Lisa’s life is changed drastically.

I thought Lisa’s Ugly Glasses by Erica Richardson was a fun and uplifting read. I really liked the main character, Lisa. She’s a very interesting girl that many kids would be able to relate to. So many kids have issues with social interaction and making friends. Some of these children are just shy but then some are born on the spectrum who have just as hard a time. The story resonates with me because I used to have trouble with socializing as a child. The plot is realistic but is easy for a younger audience to follow along. It teaches children a good lesson which is to take a chance on getting to know new people, and that it could be a great experience. I think Erica Richardson has done a wonderful job with Lisa’s Ugly Glasses and I can’t wait to read more of her work.