“You know, church is like that. Sometimes the pastor is talking and all you can think about is eating pancakes when he is done. But sometimes he says something and, just like that, it feels like he’s talking absolutely, positively to you!” (pg 17)
In The Sweetest Sound by Sherrie Winston (272 pages), Cadence Jolly is tired of adults giving her “motherless child” pity. She’s also trying to break out of her perpetual shyness enough to own her beautiful voice. In a fit of frustration and later regret, Cadence films herself disguised singing on Youtube. Of course, now her church choir is trying to find the little girl with the big voice, and Cadence doesn’t know if she will be able to own up to it.
The cast is very diverse with Cadence and her family being African-American, Faith, a Dominicana, Zara, bi-racial (black mom/white dad), and Mei-Mei and Sophie, Chinese.
Some of the best singers (and def your faves) started singing in church, and Cadence is no different. Cadence was very shy but prideful, and I actually like that combination. She was also an avid reader, always mentioning classic books, and wanted to be a writer.
I couldn’t stand Faith. At all. Little girl be happy for your friend.
Zara wasn’t memorable but at least she was sweet.
Cadence’s dad was well-meaning but overbearing. Still, he was okay in my book. I didn’t care about his little romance though.
Random note: I kept reading Sofine as So-Fine. :p
“…Learning to be strong didn’t mean changing everything” (pg 259).
This book was a little dry. Too much poetry and way too much irrelevant junk. It was really hard for me to push through and finish it.
I don’t like giving stars, but this one is about a 2.5. Still, I’m sure it will make some kid’s day.
SN: THAT COVER! (ღ˘⌣˘ღ)
Cadence has the cutest pixie cut!