•Love Double Dutch! (2018)
•Random House Books for Young Readers
•Publishes April 3, 2018
•Recommended for Middle Schoolers +
Kayla loves double Dutch! (Per the title!) Double Dutch provides Kayla a positive outlet and distraction from her home life which is anything but stable. She finds her peace and solace when she is jumping and skipping to the rhythm of the ropes turning! So of course Kayla has her summer all planned out! Practice, practice, practice double Dutch with her team, the Double Dutch Jets, and win the National Jump-off in Madison Square Garden! But Kayla’s summer plans come crashing down when her parents decide to send her and her little brother to Charlotte, North Carolina for the rest of the summer…so they can work some things out! Kayla, disappointed and distraught that her chances at winning the Double Dutch Nationals are shot, begrudgingly goes to North Carolina for the remainder of the summer!
When Kayla lands in Charlotte she is happy to see her Aunt Jeanie, but her cousin Sally is a different story! While Sally and Kayla use to be really close they have grown apart and can hardly get along! What’s worse Aunt Jeanie has signed them up for a Day Camp! Really? But sometimes the worse situations can have surprising outcomes! When Kayla finds out the Day Camp offers double Dutch she might just have that shot at the Nationals after all!
Can Kayla and Sally work out their differences to accomplish something great! Will Kayla’s parents pull it together by the end of the summer for the sake of their children? Read Doreen Spicer-Dannelly’s, Love Double Dutch to find out!
Love Double Dutch! is a book I would recommend for readers who are at least middle schoolers and older. The storyline includes situations and language appropriate for mature readers. The relationship between her parents is somewhat volatile, and Kayla and her friends are at an age where they are discovering boys and how to relate to them. I love the use of double Dutch as a positive team sport and outlet, and how it brings family together in this story!
This is not Doreen Spicer-Dannelly’s first go ’round with double Dutch! She co-wrote the hit Disney movie, Jump In! (2007) Jump In! starred Corbin Bleu as a young male boxer who ends up joining an all girls double Dutch team!
Love Double Dutch! was received courtesy of Random House Books for Young Readers and Netgalley. This review is based on my own reading and opinions.