Some words just feel good in your mouth, like my favorite word, bungalow.
Some book titles have the same effect, rolling around in your mouth with a rhythm that captures your attention. So it was when I first heard the title, Saving Montgomery Sole.
I knew I had to read it.
It wasn’t just the title that grabbed my attention. It was also the author: Mariko Tamaki, co-creator of the bestselling Printz Honor and Caldecott Honor Book This One Summer.
And I wasn’t disappointed.
At a time when so many people are so angry and so judgmental about others, this book provides a beautiful example of how to navigate a world that isn’t as black and white as it feels.
Publisher’s Summary: Montgomery Sole is a square peg in a small town, forced to go to a school full of jocks and girls who don’t even know what irony is. It would all be impossible if it weren’t for her best friends, Thomas and Naoki. The three are also the only members of Jefferson High’s Mystery Club, dedicated to exploring the weird and unexplained, from ESP and astrology to super powers and mysterious objects.
Then there’s the Eye of Know, the possibly powerful crystal amulet Monty bought online. Will it help her predict the future or fight back against the ignorant jerks who make fun of Thomas for being gay or Monty for having lesbian moms? Maybe the Eye is here just in time, because the newest resident of their small town is scarier than mothmen, poltergeists, or, you know, gym.
Thoughtful, funny, and painfully honest, Montgomery Sole is someone you’ll want to laugh and cry with over a big cup of frozen yogurt with extra toppings.