Indie Kidd: How to be Goodish (series #1)
What You Need to Know:|
• Indie’s story highlights the dilemma young girls face as they try to figure out who they are and what they’re good at.
• Indie seems mature beyond her years, even more grown up than her mother.
• Readers will notice some terminology unique to a British author.
• The first person perspective allows the reader to get a good look inside Indie’s head.
• There is a lot of descriptive language – of people, animals, feelings, etc.
• It is flagged for mild concerns because it deals with the subject of divorce.
• The divorce is woven into the storyline and could be helpful to readers going through a similar experience.
Sweet Series Background:|
Indie is named after a dog. That’s just one indication of her very unique family. Her parents are divorced and her mom, who works at an animal rescue center, is a little forgetful. Her dad is remarried and Indie has a stepbrother. Indie lives with her mom (or mum as she calls her), their lodger and their many pets.
The first book in this series begins with Indie’s mom almost forgetting her birthday. Then Indie goes to school and learns that her class is assigned the task of listing their top three talents. Indie struggles with this assignment. Her best friends try to help but have not luck. Indie notices that her stepbrother seems good at everything and she feels even worse about her lack of talent. She pursues several talents without success. Finally after several mistakes, Indie saves a dog from the shelter and realizes that she has had a talent all along – a talent for doing good.
2007, 160 pages
Animals, Family Life, Friendship, School, Self-Awareness/Discovery