Melody Fitzpatrick is the author of the Hannah Smart series. When sheâ€™s not busy dreaming up stories, she is an educational program assistant in the public school system, helping kids discover their amazing inner awesomeness. Melody lives in Bedford, Nova Scotia.
In Over Her Head
Being totally scared of the ocean is no big deal when it means being on TV with the boy of your dreams â€” right?
Hannah Smart is the happiest sheâ€™s ever been. Sheâ€™s doing great in school, sheâ€™s got her own spot on the Friday evening news, and sheâ€™s desperately in love with the boy next door.
But when Hannahâ€™s boss asks her to be part of a treasure-hunting reality show for teens, she instantly feels ill. For most kids, a high-seas adventure searching for treasure would sound amazing, but for Hannah, who suffers horribly from seasickness, itâ€™s a total nightmare. When she finds out that her crush and â€śthe more perfect than perfectâ€ť Piper Steele will both be there, she has no choice, and agrees to the trip. In true Hannah fashion, she comes up with a plan to overcome her fears once and for all.
What she doesnâ€™t know is that Piper has a cunning plan as well, which means stormy seas for Hannah Smart.
[T]he book is well-written and captures the dialogue and self-absorption that some teens exhibitâ€¦the book also provides some life-lessons about being your own person, doing your best, and taking the high road.
A gentle, positively toned series intended to provide accessible, realistic lessons for girls struggling with the multiple and sometimes conflicting messages they receive from peers, family, and media.
Hannah is a funny, slightly goofball heroine with good intentions who has a talent for doing and saying the wrong thing. Her endearing clumsiness will keep readers laughing and cheering her on.