BOOK BUZZ: Wild child finds filmmaking in new novel by North Van author

Maddie makes a Movie by Sonia Garrett, North Vancouver, self-published, $10.33

Maddie is the ultimate tomboy always looking for physical challenges and often coming into conflict with adults as a result.

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Where other kids see danger, she sees opportunities for adventure.

Local author Sonia Garrett’s debut novel will prove entertaining for fans of feisty female protagonists.

Maddie comes by her adventurous spirit honestly as her dad works as a stuntman for the movies.

When her latest crazy playground stunt results in a meeting between her parents and the school principal, Maddie fears serious repercussions.

Thankfully, Mr. Richardson sees a way for her to channel her wild nature by suggesting she try out for the Young Filmmaker of the Year Award.

Thrilled with the idea of winning, Maddie corrals a group of friends and embarks on the filmmaking process which proves to be fraught with challenges.

A jump off a roof onto a trampoline goes badly, her best friend falls out of a tree and her archrival for the award manages to show up and sneer at inopportune moments.

Still, Maddie perseveres amid the ongoing mayhem and awards night does not go too badly for her group.

Realistic characterization, a likeable heroine and a humorous writing style make this an enjoyable read.

I laughed aloud at the hamster/cat chase which fortunately does not involve animal bloodshed.

Suitable for middle grade readers. Also available in ebook format.

Fran Ashdown was the children’s librarian at the Capilano branch of the North Vancouver District Public Library. Maddie reminds her of her very active daughters.

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