Monday, June 18, 2018

The Un-Friendship Bracelet (Craftily Ever After Book 1) by Martha Maker, Xindi Yan (Illustrator)

Welcome to Middle-Grade Monday! Today I am reviewing The Un-Friendship Bracelet by Martha Maker. This book was recommend to me by my 9 year-old son, so it already comes with high kudos.

The Story-
Emily and Maddie are best friends. They do everything together, even crafting. They each wear a friendship bracelet the other friend made as a sign of their true friendship, or Mad-ily, as they call it. One school day a new student arrives and is assigned to Maddie as a buddy. At first, Emily is okay with things, but as Maddie and Bella grow closer, Emily feels left out. Then, during soccer, Emily loses her friendship bracelet, and she thinks it is a sign of their new un-friendship.

Back at school, Emily begins spending time with Sam, a boy who loves to paint and draw. He tells her to tell Maddie how she feels about being left out. And she would too, but that day, Maddie stays home sick, and Emily ends up spending time with Bella. Turns out she's pretty neat. She has an old work shed behind her new house that she hopes her parents will let her turn into a clubhouse. Together, Emily, Maddie, Bella and Sam end up converting the shed into a craft club where they all have a space to do the special things they love.

My Thoughts-

Great, basic story about friendship at a middle grade level. There are no big surprises to the plot, but it is a good story that kids will enjoy. Both Emily and Maddie love crafts, and at the end of the book there are instructions, easy to follow, that kids can do to make their own friendship bracelets.

I particularly liked that Sam is a character. It is not only girls who love to craft, and by including Sam into the mix, the book is opened up to be a good read for both boys and girls. One critique about the story though, about halfway through the story the author switches for one chapter only, from Emily's POV to Bella's POV. In my opinion, that is a mistake that shouldn't be made.

Overall, a cute and readable story about friendship and personalities. I'm giving it 3.5 stars, Though my 9 year old gives it 5, lol.


  1. Sounds like a fun book. I'll keep in mind for young readers. I tried that one chapter viewpoint switch one time and got shot down by a critique group. It really does not work. Thanks for your thoughts.

  2. Threesomes are always complicated. Adding a fourth person, helps. This sounds like the perfect and fun summer read for young readers. They will relate.

  3. This sounds like a story a lot of kids that age will relate to. Thanks for telling me about it. I will try to check it out.