Title: Karma Bites
Authors: Stacy Kramer and Valerie Thomas
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication Date: 8/16/2010
Stacy Kramer and Valerie Thomas have a winner! Franny is a seventh grader with a purpose – she wants to help her friends, family and classmates to live in peace and harmony. The problem with that is that no one is cooperating. From the book description: “Her best friends aren’t speaking, her parents just got divorced, and her hippie grandmother has moved in. The only karma Franny’s got is bad karma.”
Franny’s grandmother is most definitely a hippie, but she also has a secret magic recipe box that she was given from a monk. She and Franny use the magic box to fix some small problems, and then it takes a life of its own as Franny tries to fix more problems – and ends up wreaking havoc on the universe instead. From her trapeze classes to her Smart Car, Franny’s granny (who introduces herself that way to everyone!) is one crazy fun lady with a ton of spunk and wisdom.
My favorite part of this book is that humorous, fun way that the authors have written it. A perfect example of their style can be seen in this quote: “Where there are butt cracks, there are wedgies.” Great, isn’t it? It’s a super fun read for young adults and older ones too. I highly recommend grabbing this book, heading to the pool and chilling out during the dog days of summer!
Disclosure: This book was provided at no charge to me by the publisher as a galley. I have received no compensation for this review.