Sometimes books just LEAP off library shelves into your paws. That’s what happened with today’s Operation Story Share, Zip by Ellie Rollins. As soon as I saw that cover, I knew I had to read this book. And believe me, the story did not disappoint!
Check out this blurb from the inside flap:
When Lyssa’s mother died, so did the magic—that special something that always made the sunflowers grow taller and the strawberry jelly taste sweeter. Now that her mother is gone, Lyssa struggles to get used to a life of the Ordinary with her kind but clueless stepfather in Kirkland, Washington. But secretly, she longs for change.
Then one day change does come, when the most peculiar occurrence brings Lyssa alarming news about her childhood home. With no time to lose, she sets off on a two-wheeled cross-country journey to get back to Texas. But can she get there before the clock runs out?
On her odyssey, Lyssa meets some decidedly unusual people, from rowdy cowgirls to a chorus line of singing mermaids. With new friends by her side and the winds of change at her back, Lyssa discovers adventure at every turn—and uncovers her mother’s magic, little by little, all along the way.
Oooh. What did I tell you? This is a story about a girl coming to terms with her mom’s death. But instead of being grim and serious, it’s whimsical and full of magic. Lyssa is spunky and resourceful and determined to get from Washington to Texas on her beloved scooter and the $13.00 in her backpack. Someday I want to go on a journey like Lyssa. And after you read Zip by Ellie Rollins, I predict you will, too!