Friday, September 5, 2014

Another for youth....

Friday has arrived, and as has been my custom for several months, today's post is about a book.

The Smell of Old Lady Perfume by Claudia Martinez is from the 2013 United Methodist Women Reading Program listing.  This is aimed at upper elementary or middle school age readers, and is the story of Chela Gonzalez as she begins sixth grade.  Unfortunately, the school year is marred by the sudden illness of her father.  When her grandmother arrives to help the family, the "smell of old lady perfume" is what surrounds Chela.  

This is an excellent book illustrating the challenges of fitting into a middle school setting, with a new group of "popular" girls.  I recommend it for this age group.

Thank you for readiing.  I really appreciate your comments.


  1. If you recommend this book, then it must be good.
    Have a great day Nellie.

  2. This does sound interesting, and I have shared your recommendation with my Facebook friends. Have a fabulous Friday, Sister! :-)

  3. It sounds good for that age group!

  4. Couldn't help but giggle at the title. I've used that term too many times to count! And specific smells will evoke the actual "old lady" that the memory holds, too.

  5. I always enjoy seeing new books. I always look forward to your Friday recommendations Have a great weekend.

  6. Sounds like another winner and what an interesting cover.

  7. Nellie, I may suggest that my granddaughter Savannah read this..She's in middle school now. I call old lady perfume, bathroom deodorizer.LOL. xoxo,Susie

  8. Hi Nellie ,
    You are a gem , I love the books you recommend for kids . I have 4 kids 2boys , 2 girls , my older girl started middle school this year , baby girl next year , they both loves to read and this book is a must get for them . Than
    Have a blessed weekend thanks so much for sharing . :)

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