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Reviewed by Courtnee Turner Hoyle for Readers' Favorite
In The Galaxy According to Cece, a middle-grade story by Sherry Roberts, Cece Laurence is happy with her group of friends as they prepare for their soccer season and middle school. But her father suddenly upends her life when a university offers him a professorship and a position at their observatory. Cece and her family move from North Carolina to Missouri, and Cece worries she won't find a place in her school or community. Soon, she befriends Analise, Gia, and Jaxson, who help her acclimate to the school, band room, and soccer team. New concerns surface as Cece battles pressure from bullying and concerns about a possible ghost in her new home.
Sherry Roberts's book has so much to offer! Most of the story focuses on the transition after a big move and many children will be able to identify with Cece's feelings, even if they apply these to the way they felt when they moved from an elementary school to a middle school. Strong themes of friendship are present throughout the story and Cece's new friends help her feel braver as she deals with bullying. I enjoyed the paranormal hints and was pleased by the surprise ending, opening up the potential for a series. The star chart and coordinates for Cece's star are a great way to keep readers involved after they turn the last page! The Galaxy According to Cece is a good choice for middle graders who enjoy stories about adjustment and friendship with sports and paranormal references.