Yes, I judge books by their covers. If it has a dog on it, I’m more likely to read it. This is what originally drew me to Cornelia—the wide eyes of the French bulldog on the cover. I also love the name of the author. Little did I know, I was in for an adventurous tale about the Audacious Escapades of the Somerset Sisters.
After reading that the main character is an 11-year-old, I assumed this was a middle-grade novel. The beginning started off that way as well, detailing the girl’s strife as the daughter of a famous pianist. But then young Cornelia meets her lavish neighbor and mischievous dog, and the story takes on more adult novel qualities as it dives into the raucous travel tales of the older neighbor and her sisters.
As colorful and exciting as these accounts were, it took away from what I thought a middle-grade novel should be. There was a point where Cornelia tied these adventures into her daily life, which was a satisfying transition, but it had me wondering who the main character of this book was supposed to be.
Just as this book inspired spending quality time with my pup, settling in for a good story, and traveling the world, it also sparked interest in reading more middle-grade and discovering how different this genre can be.
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