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About the Book
Daisy Woodworm Changes the World
By Melissa Hart
Genre: Middle Grade Contemporary
Publishing date: November 8, 2022
When her social studies teacher assigns each student a project to change the world for the better along with an oral report, Daisy fears the class bully—who calls her Woodworm— will make fun of her lisp. Still, she decides to help Sorrel fulfill his dream of becoming a YouTube fashion celebrity despite their parents’ refusal to allow him on social media.
With the help of her best friend Poppy, and Miguel—the most popular boy in school and her former enemy—Daisy launches Sorrel’s publicity campaign. But catastrophe strikes when her parents discover him online along with hateful comments from a cyberbully.
If Daisy has any hope of changing the world, she’ll have to regain her family’s trust and face her fears of public speaking to find her own unique and powerful voice.
Middle Grade Contemporaries are always my favorite. This story is sweet about a girl who loves bugs and gets bullied for having a lisp. When she’s given a project to change the world she finds herself stumped. Everything about school has come easy to her but to come up with an idea seems almost impossible.
Then it finally hits her. Her brother Sorrel, who has spent the past few weeks in a state of depression after his girlfriend dumps him and learns the Special Olympics Summer Games have been cancelled, wants to be a YouTube celebrity and she’s going to help make it happen! When she tells Sorrel, who has Down Syndrome, that she’s going to help him fulfill his dreams he finally gets back to himself. Without telling her parents Daisy recruits her best friend Poppy and the popular boy in school to help her. Turns out Daisy and Miguel have more in common than she thought.
I loved Daisy’s character. I enjoyed her love of all things bugs and of course the love she has for her brother. The friendships and family dynamics were well developed and the story was heartwarming. I am so glad I had the opportunity to read this one and definitely recommend it.
I’m an Oregon-based author, journalist, and instructor for the MFA in Creative Writing program at Southern New Hampshire University. My essays and articles have appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, CNN, The Boston Globe, The Chicago Tribune, The Los Angeles Times, Real Simple, Orion, High Country News, The Rumpus, Brevity, Woman’s Day, The Advocate, Parents, The Chronicle of Higher Education, Hemispheres, and numerous other publications.
I’m the author of The Media Adventurer’s Handbook: Decoding Persuasion in Everyday News, Ads, and More (World Citizen Comics, 2023), Daisy Woodworm Changes the World (Jolly Fish, 2022), Better with Books: 500 Diverse Books to Ignite Empathy and Encourage Self-Acceptance in Tweens and Teens(Sasquatch, 2019), the award-winning middle-grade novel Avenging the Owl(Sky Pony, 2016), the memoir Wild Within: How Rescuing Owls Inspired a Family (Lyons, 2007), and the memoir Gringa: A Contradictory Girlhood(Seal, 2005).
I’m a contributing editor at The Writer Magazine, and I teach frequently at writing conferences, libraries, universities, and bookstores. I grew up near Los Angeles with my younger brother, who has Down syndrome. I live in Eugene with my husband and teen daughter, where I love to run and hike long-distance, cross country ski, kayak, cycle, cook, and roam the Pacific Northwest as an amateur naturalist.
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