Category: Chapbooks for Tweens
Author: Nancy Carty Lepri
eBook ISBN: 9781935137955; 1935137956
Print ISBN: 9781935137948; 1935137948
When her dad is transferred to a new town, ten-year-old Macy Carver leaves behind her best friend and everything she knows. Suddenly she's the new girl, alone and bullied. An unexpected flash announces guardian angel Jody, who teaches her how to fit in and become a forever friend.
"Hey, chubbo quit hogging the sidewalk!" Kenny Thompson yanked the front of his bike off the ground, circled around eight-year-old Macy Carver and stuck out his tongue.
"Don't!" She yelled.
Kenny cut the bike's front wheel, covering her with dirty water. Laughing, he sped toward school.
"Creepazoid!" Macy brushed mud from her jeans, which made a worse mess. Mud had splattered her favorite top. Tears filled her eyes. Stupid North Carolina! Why did her dad have to move here? She hated being the new kid in class.
Thanks to Kenny, the kids either ignored her or were mean. To make things worse, she had to sit next to him.
Sighing, she trudged on, hoping that Kenny would have sprouted huge warts on his nose at school.
The first bell rang. Macy walked to her desk and tripped over Kenny's outstretched foot.
"Hey four-eyes." He laughed at her. "Are you a klutzo, too? Aw, poor Macy, dirty and klutzy."
Macy grabbed the side of her desk to keep from falling. She glared at Kenny, ready to stick out her tongue, but decided he didn't need anything else to tease her about.
Biting her lip, she sat at her desk. She wanted to go home, fat lot of good that would do her. She knew she wouldn't feel better there.
"Things aren't looking too bright at the moment for 8-year old Macy. She's just moved into a new place, left her best friend behind, and in her new school there's a bully who makes her life miserable every chance he can get. But just when things can't seem to get any worse, she receives a visit from a special little friend: her very own guardian angel! This little angel is witty and has an attitude, and does her best to infuse Macy with strength and confidence. Finally an opportunity comes for Macy to prove herself at a bee spelling competition... Will she go for it and show everyone what she's made of, or succumb to her fear of success?
"Tiny Angel is a well-written, delightful story that will entertain middle-grade girls. Macy, with all her doubts and insecurities, is a character young girls 8 and up will identify with. The story has a good message--there comes a time when we have to be bold and act in order to achieve our dreams--but it is not preachy; it's simply a good story about school, friends, being oneself, and achieving one's full potential. Highly recommended."
--Mayra Calvani, Mayra's Secret Bookcase
"Mucking though the world of growing pains and pre-teen anxiety, we all wished for someone to give us a hint that we were worthy and everything would be okay. With Tiny Angles, Nancy Lepri has given new girl in school, Macy her very own guardian angel. In turn, Macy helps her new friends, Tomas, Susan, and even mean old Kenny, realize they're going to be okay, as well. Ms. Lepri has created an endearing story that will be in instant favorite of every child who reads it, and touch the heart of every parent who remembers."
--Sheryl Hames Torres, author
In Tiny Angel, Macy suffers from an angst of childhood that many of us go through; being the new kid in school. Not only does she suffer from that, but the miserable day to day teasing she gets from the school bully, not knowing anyone in the new town she had to move to and her own personal insecurities. To her rescue comes a tiny angel...it's so funny when the angel whizzes by and knocks the bully out of the chair...and then...well, you have to read the rest of the story. This book is written in a wonderfully whimsical way, and Ms Lepri does not talk down to the target audience. Ms. Lepri took me back to my own childhood and made me wish I had had my own angel to protect me. I highly recommend this book for young and old alike. --Erin Collins, Author, Shadow Walk: The Gathering Tiny Angel captured my attention right from the first page. I laughed, cried and cheered Macy on to the final page. The story is told through 8-year-old Macy’s eyes. Nancy Carty Lepri uses language and expressions that would be common to the 8 to 12 year old age group. Macy learns she has a guardian angel named Jody. Jody helps Macy transition into her new school and helps her understand the true meaning of friendship. This is a truly a heart warming story of friendship, doing the right thing, and discovering confidence within ourselves. I am sure, that like me, you’ll be looking for a sequel.
--Rosemary Reagan Hall, Author of The Adventures With Lamb E Boy series