EMWF Kids’ Reads

Gnome Is Where Your Heart Is

Written by Casey Lyall
Published by Greenwillow Books (HarperCollins Canada

Ages: 8-12

A book review by Audrey (11), Ibrahim (10), and Ritisha (12)

Gnome Is Where Your Heart Is

Kids should read this book because it teaches them to never give up on what you believe in, even if someone tells you you’re wrong. – Audrey

Hi Audrey, Ibrahim, and Ritisha! Can you tell us what this book is about?

Audrey: Gnome Is Where Your Heart Is, is about a kind hearted girl who wants more than anything to help her grandpa prove to the world that aliens DO exist. She goes through an adventure just to prove that they are real.

Ibrahim: Its main focus is about Lemon who’s trying to prove her Grandpa Walt’s stories about alien garden gnomes are true, but her parents don’t believe her. So she and her friends try to prove it’s true, Especially to her dad, who hates the stories of the alien garden gnomes. 

Ritisha: This book is about a girl named Lemon and her grandfather Walt, who saw an “alien” called Gnemo, they start a project to prove to people that it’s real. Everybody doesn’t believe and they think “alien hunting” is a waster of time. One day Lemon discovers that they’re real and goes on an exciting adventure with her best friend Marlo.

What do you like about this book?

Audrey: I love how Lemon cares about her grandpa, so much that she goes to great extents to try to find his old friend, who may help him remember.

Ibrahim: What I like about the book is how there is an entire alliance of aliens both garden gnomes and other species trying to make the world a safer place and how there’s IC planets that can’t join the alliance. I think the idea and concept of the alliance is really interesting and original. 

Ritisha: What I like about this book is it shows you what’s happening in 2 different characters’ lives at that time. I also love how everytime you turn the page there is something new waiting to be discovered .

What is your favourite part of the story?

Audrey: My favourite part about the book was when Lemon’s dad found out Lemon and his dad were telling the truth. 

Ibrahim: My favourite part of the story is when the plot twist happens…

Ritisha: My favourite part of this tale was how many people did not believe Lemon and thought “alien hunting” was a waste of time when, in the end, she located Gnemo. The fact that it actually boosted Lemon and her dad’s relationship was my second favourite aspect of this.

Why should other kids read this book?  

Audrey: Kids should read this book because it teaches them to never give up on what you believe in, even if someone tells you you’re wrong.

Ibrahim: Other kids should read this if they’re into family drama or/and science fiction. It’s also a great book when you just want time to pass by. 

Ritisha: I think kids should read this book as it really teaches you the idea that no matter what happens, stay true to what you believe, and who knows you just might be right.

Who would you recommend this book to?  

Audrey: I would recommend this book to someone who loves a good adventure action novel.

Ibrahim: I would recommend it to one of my friends because he would really like the concept and my other friend because he’s into science fiction. 

Ritisha: In all honesty, I would recommend this book to kids between the ages of 10 and 14. I believe this is appropriate for this age range to read due to the humor, wit, and science fantasy thrill. It helps boost your imagination.

If you could ask the author a question, what would it be?  

Audrey: I would ask the author why she chose to write this book. Why did she want Lemon as the main character?  

Ibrahim: I would ask the author where the idea for the alien garden gnomes and the alliance came from. 

Ritisha: I would ask the author what her thought process was in order to create this book and what inspired the idea?

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