The Wig by Renata Suerth Crazy Summer, Book 1 June 9, 2012
An embarrassing underwear incident? A lesson on a runaway bike? Grandma's wig at the fire department?
These and lots of other adventures await ten-year-old Sofie, whose life is pretty ordinary until she finds out that in two weeks her family has to move in with her grandma - not her favorite grandma - her other grandma.
While Sofie tries to adjust to her new life in Wisconsin, she gets into many humorous predicaments with her wacky, eccentric grandma and learns the tough truth about her family. She must also find time to impress the cute neighbor.
Will she keep herself out of trouble long enough to figure out the shocking reasons for the sudden move? Maybe. Will she have fun along the way? Definitely!
Review from Krazy Book GIRL:
The Wig by Renata Suerth is a middle grade novel about a girl who goes to live with her crazy grandmother. Her grandmother has been wearing the same style of wig for at least twenty years and is not too keen on the idea on giving it up. Sofie gets into many sticky situations including setting the house on fire, almost losing her sister and running down the street in her underwear! She learns a lot, from crushes on the boy next door to having to say good bye to her best friend. She definitely has some ups and downs.
The characters have very distinct personalities that are well explained. While reading, I felt like I knew the characters personally. It was like being a part of the family. The 10 year old in me loved this book. This is exactly the kind of book that I loved as a tween and still enjoy from time to time. I would recommend this book to anyone from the ages of 9-12 or anyone looking to relive their childhood for a little while. (:
About the author:
I was born in the Czech Republic (Czechoslovakia back then)and we lived with my grandmother. She did wear a wig and was the inspiration for the novel. My family immigrated to the States in 1980.
The highlight of my life was meeting author/humorist David Sedaris and getting his autograph. He wrote, "To a foxy Czech..." If I wasn't married already, I would have proposed to David on the spot. The fact that I'm a woman is irrelevant.
I was a high-school teacher and an avid reader until I became a full-time mom. Now all I do is change diapers.
I live in the Chicago area with my husband, our three small kids and a French Bulldog named Zoe.
I have a Bachelor's degree from the Univ. of Illinois (in Champaign) and a teaching certificate from Elmhurst College. I would have a Master's degree from the School of the Art Institute in Chicago had I finished that pesky thesis. My current status is ABT (all-but-thesis). I also studied at the Sorbonne in Paris.