Chocolate-Covered Baloney (Confessions of April Grace #3)

Chocolate-Covered Baloney (Confessions of April Grace #3)➽ [Download] ✤ Chocolate-Covered Baloney (Confessions of April Grace #3) By K.D. McCrite ➲ – Heartforum.co.uk The last thing April Grace wants is change in her life—but that’s exactly what she gets Plus April has a new mystery to solve when Myra Sue starts sneaking around and acting very suspicious From s The last thing April Grace wants is change in her life—but that’s exactly what she gets Plus April has a new mystery to solve when Myra Sue starts sneaking around and acting very suspicious From snooty new neighbors to starting junior high to getting a new baby brother to having her  grandmother get a boyfriend April Grace has had enough change to last until she is at least years oldBut when it rains it pours and April Grace is in for the ride of her life when her prissy citified neighbor Isabel becomes her gym teacher and a long lost relative suddenly reappears and throws everything into a tizzy On top of that April’s sister Myra Sue has been hiding something and sneaking around April needs to find out what is going on before her silly sister gets herself into trouble again More important will April find the grace she needs to handle her topsy turvy life and forgive past wrongsGirls will fall in love with April’s humor and completely relate to her as she deals with family friends drama and both the humor and the heartache that are part of growing up.

Kathaleen BurrKD McCrite was raised on a small dairy farm in the Ozarks She has a degree in psychology from Drury University and has worked as a librarian and as a mental health case workerShe currently resides in Arkansas.

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  • Paperback
  • 288 pages
  • Chocolate-Covered Baloney (Confessions of April Grace #3)
  • K.D. McCrite
  • English
  • 24 August 2014
  • 9781400320684

10 thoughts on “Chocolate-Covered Baloney (Confessions of April Grace #3)

  1. Faye, la Patata says:

    Boy oh boy Good gravy This book was a very pleasant surprise I reuested this one day on NetGalley after seeing its ultra cute cover and kind of forgot about it in the end I was thinking it must be some boring Middle Grade book for tweens talking about junior school evil teachers hot classmates and vile cheerleaders I'm twenty now; I'm so over that phase I didn't want to read all about those again so this title kinda just sat there Then one day I was looking for a light hearted read especially after that disaster with The Eternity Cure and saw this one I was sure it was going to be a disaster again but I trudged on anyway Boy oh boy Was I wrong on that oneRight now I'm only wishing that I read it sooner What I thought was a boring read turned out to be extremely light hearted with lots of humor and tween wit with juuuust a little drama on the top to spice things up resulting to a fulfilling experience that would leave you giggling and clutching a couple of tissues Man that was funThere were a lot to like in this book First and foremost the internal narration was bloody fantastic We see the story in the point of view of April Grace a young girl who hates change the most Her voice was very effective and genuine and it really felt like I was reading from a tween Her gestures her words and dialogue even her reactions from petty annoyance when snotty sisters get in the picture and irritation when best friends don't take your side to amazement and awe at the simplest of things felt very very real and endearing This is what I appreciated the most because there's nothing in it that tried to be mature or anything of that sort It's a tell it like it is stuffBecause of this it allowed a lot of room for character development and growth which is one of the best things ever to read in a book April Grace is easily irritable and judgemental which is common nowadays and I bet you used to be one too a long time ago and this attitude problems of hers eventually become worse as new things and events enter her life But of course like any other feel good story she realizes her mistakes learns to listen to other people and gives other people second chancesBoy oh boy This book has a lot of moral values to learn from and I reckon others will appreciate it too The stuff you learn from tweens ;All in all this is a feel good book I'm happy to have read it when I was a bit pissed off and ranty because I finished with a big smile on my face and a positive outlook in life Thank you An ARC was provided by the publisher via Netgalley for reviewing purposes No money or any form of transaction was exchangedRead my other reviews at The Social Potato

  2. Rose says:

    Review to come I read a bit over 50% of this novel and had to do a DNF review because of technical issues with my galley copy If I ever come across a full copy of this work I'll likely update this review and surprisingly I actually would like to read the rest of this at some point On an overarching note with respect to the content of this I had issues with the overuse of phrasing the antagonism of the main character April Grace with respect to her sister and the pacing of the narrative Another downside was that I didn't realize this was the third novel in a series so I might've been lost to some events and character dynamic Yet I have to say it's actually a cute book in spurts and there were times it made me chuckle It features a nice throw back to the 80s and gives a plethora of references some of which I appreciated

  3. Abbie Coon says:

    April Grace Reilly and her family were just getting things back to normal when their lives turned upside down again In the beginning of the book April Grace notices her sister Myra Sue acting strange and sneaky around the mailbox and decides not to tell anyone about it until she has full proof that her sister is up to no good Aside from her sneaky sister April's life goes on as normal for a bit but her family keeps getting strange calls One of the Reilly's would answer the phone and then the person on the other end would hang up Soon after it's grandma Grace's Birthday and April is given the task of getting her out of the house so her mother and their neighbor Isabel can get the house ready for the surprise party they've been planning and she successfully distracts her Grandma for a long time When they get home all of their friends from Rough Creek Road the street they live on are there to wish Grandma Grace a happy birthday Everyone is having a good time at the party when there is a knock on the door Someone gets the door and when the strange woman comes in she acts as if she is part of the family and calls herself Mimi April's mom runs out of the house and when April goes to comfort her she finds out that this Screaming Mimi person is her mother's mother The mother who left her daughter to a mean aunt who didn't feed April's Mom and didn't care for her Her mom being as nice as she is lets Mimi stay at her house when she asks despite how uncomfortable and stressed it makes her feel April Grace invites her friend over the next day to talk about her Mimi problems but her friend ends up defending Mimi instead of her mother Her and her friend fight and her friend calls her mom to pick her up Later Mimi admits to be the cause of the strange prank calls they have been getting and April's mom gets frustrated with her staying even though she's helping around the house and with the new baby A few days later April Grace gets up for school and when she goes into the bathroom to find it clean This was very unusual because her sister never cleans up after the mess she leaves each morning When April went down with her books for breakfast and saw that her sisters books were not on the table like usual She Yelled for her mom and when they went to Myra's room to investigate they found a lot of her clothes missing and a suitcase missing from her closet Their mom freaked out and April ran to go get her dad from where he was out milking the cows Soon everyone living on Rough Creek Road was in their house April felt sick and Mimi led her to her room to take care of her When she woke up she felt one and asked Mimi to dig under her sister's bed for clues because she had seen Myra stuff some papers under there Mimi thought she was insane but she helped look anyways They found that her sister had made plans to travel to New York to become an actress in a soap opera on TV She had stolen the money for bus tickets form her mother and Mimi and she was on the phone with people who helped her arrange her transport Mimi felt really bad and went outside to sit under a tree and sulk April grace bundled up and brought a coat to her Mimi shared the real story of what happened with April's mother and how she had no idea that she wasn't being taken care of properly The rest of the family found where Myra was and April told the entire family to go even Mimi Isabel and their other neighbors took care of April because she was still feeling sick and when the entire family got home April's Mother actually called her mother Mom instead of calling her by her first name This time April Grace knew that her family was finally home and everything was back to normal Well as normal as it could get I LOVED this book It was very interesting and got even interesting as I kept reading The plots all flowed together well and I could understand what was going on at all times This book has VERY good descriptive words I literally cried while reading this I would recommend this book to girls 12 and up because it's very relatable and super interesting

  4. Adriana says:

    She's Got Books on Her MindWhat I wanted to do was stay in our nice warm house crawl up on my bed wrap myself in the raggedy old blanket I'd had since I was little and read that book that was supposed to be over my head That's what I wanted to do but something inside me said April Grace Reilly something is Going On and you need to find out whatApril Grace Reilly knows that her sister's up to no good what with her hanging around the mailbox all of a sudden and getting so defensive when she asks what she is doing Her sister even threatens to tell their mama about some things April Grace doesn't want her to know She's also been acting like she's doing so much homework when she knows for a fact that she's just reading her fashion magazines April Grace knows she's up to something but she's going to have to get proof this time so someone will believe her before something terrible happens like it has happened in the past But then comes a surprise visitor that changes everything Now April Grace is trying to be there for her mother and grandmother while seeing if there is some connection with her sister's odd behavior and this horrid visitor coming into townI recently reviewed the first book in the Confession of April Grace series In Front of God and Everybody I haven't read the second book yet but when I saw this on NetGalley I couldn't resist A review saying that you didn't need to read the other books to follow along with this story also swayed my decision to reuest the third book with April Grace There were two big shocks that came along with this story The first one is because I didn't read the second book and the second shock was purely based upon this book There's a new visitor that just takes control of everybody's emotions in the family They are unwanted but her mama can never turn anyone down because she's just so good I knew from the start the author was going to try to make me like this person but I was not going to like this person no matter what She changed my mind anyways With some tears in my eyes I admitted that I liked them now when there was a touching moment in the book You'll notice that I don't tell you who it is because that would ruin everything Just know when the name was revealed a audibly gasped It couldn't be true It made for one great twistMost of the story is based around April Grace's sister Myra Sue who April Grace can't stand Myra Sue thinks she's so glamorous and strives to be that way April Grace's response is to call her a DRIP I think it was intentional that April Grace said and awful things about her sister that made me notice and feeling sorry for her sister I really like April Grace and she has said some things out of sibling rivalry in the past but I think she went too far You could tell that Myra Sue was feeling low and she didn't need negativity I foresaw what was going to happen and I can't say I blame Myra Sue for it The sense of family love came together when this story was through It was like enough was enough this had to happen for the family to be like a family April Grace needed to notice that everyone has feelings I enjoyed this togetherness coming from the sister's relationship as well as from her mother I've complained before that April Grace's mother was just way too nice so much so that she caused heartache to her family This time around I think I finally saw her and appreciated what she was all about Isabel was also uite the loyal friend being there for April Grace's mom and grandma when they needed some backup She's come along wayThis book was even better than the first I am so happy how it all turned out and I so enjoy all of the characters this time around even April Grace was her always nosy self that got a few laughs and smiles out of me Any way she acts she's still her incredibly funny self who people should really start to pay attention to She knows things and for fear that people would brush off her theories she tried to find proof that there is something going on with her sister When everything hit the fan who was there to save the day April Grace of course I love that girl This book was less christian fiction for me even if the first book wasn't that much either It was a nice amount and didn't overwhelm me at all so I think most people will like her story If you are looking for a good southern children's book with a hilarious main character you should read about April Grace April Grace truly captured my heart once again

  5. Elizabeth S. says:

    I'm not a huge fan of change and neither is April Grace Reilly a sixth grader from Cedar Ridge April Grace's life turned upside down in such a short time and it all started with a simple warning in church It was almost as if the sermon Pastor Ross gave that Sunday morning in 1987 was meant specifically for April Grace and her family He simply said Things are gonna change pg 1 And boy oh boy things surely did changeSimple things occurred at first Isabel the Reilly's uppity neighbor from California became April Grace's gym teacher Isabel wasn't just any ole gym teacher; she was teaching them dance the Proper WayThen April Grace's sister Myra Sue starts acting very sneaky For a dumb fourteen year old Myra Sue was acting dumb than usual according to April Grace She became suddenly interested in the mail and homework which April Grace highly suspected was just a cover up for something else After all Myra Sue never did her homework and was too accustomed to making Cs to start studying now Even peculiar Myra Sue became overly fascinated in the phone way fascinated than her average teenage soap opera loving selfStill trying to figure out what Myra Sue is hiding another stick is thrown in the road when a long lost relative suddenly appears April Grace has reached her limit of change but the boulder won't stop What was Myra Sue hiding Who is this relative and Why is this person in her home her life expecting to be part of the family when they haven't been beforeProblems of change come in all sizes but the biggest comes towards the end I won't spoil it for you you have to read it for yourself but the Reilly family as a whole learns to listen and forgive right smack in the middle of a crisis Most of all April Grace learns to treasure her sister Myra Sue and that sometimes being a big fat tattletale is the right thing to doI have to say I really enjoyed this book Katherine McCrite's Chocolate Covered Baloney Confessions of April Grace took me back to the time of phone cords being stretched as far as they'd reach for privacy solving problems without the internet and entertainment of days long ago This book is perfect for a young girl of today who needs a different perspective after all the 80s are back in style It is also for us adults who as a child of the 80s can relive those moments all over againChange isn't easy I can say I wish some things were still the same as they were in the 80sexcept BIG HAIR That is one thing that definitely needed to changeDisclosure of Material Connection I received this book free from the publisher through the BookSneeze®com book review bloggers program I was not reuired to write a positive review The opinions I have expressed are my own I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR Part 255 Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising

  6. Sharon says:

    The book up for review is “Chocolate Covered BaloneyThe Confessions of April Grace” by KD McCriteIt revolves around the main character April Grace who lives with her youngest baby brother Eli her oldest sister Myra and their parents The setting is in the 80ties so there is a lot of reference to that time frame a period I did enjoy thoroughly She is a curious child with an active imagination When she sees her older sister standing by the mailbox one evening and place something inside her brain takes off with the possibilities what Myra could possibly be doing That gets put to the side when her mother’s mom appears out of nowhere having abandoned her daughter not once but twice many years ago No one makes this woman feel uite at home as she tries to blend in with the household If that was not enough her sister Myra is acting secretive then usually staying in her room and keeping to herself The plot thickens when April has to move into her sister’s room so the new grandmother can sleep in her own room April starts to snoop even so for the opportunity is right before her eyes This book was a bit lukewarm to me I have not read the previous books to this series so am not sure if there is information in the others that I need to know prior to reading this one I did not like the fact that April Grace addressed most of the adults in the book by their first name That did turn me off a bit The girl and her dialogue seemed a bit older then she actually was Her personality was a little too much in some cases where she acted like an adult and got away with it in her speaking and actions Again not having read the previous books this might have been already established The book was decent and a good read but I feel I missed out on not reading the previous ones in this series

  7. TWJ Magazine says:

    If you're a fan of books for tweens and teens then you'll be a fan of KD McCrite and her lively young heroine April Grace This series takes place in the 1980's before the age of cell phones and social mediawhich proves that tweens are pretty much the same regardless of the decade and deal with the same kinds of issues In Chocolate Covered Baloney April Grace has a lot to deal with A grandmother she's never met before shows up on the family doorstep acting like she's family and ready to move right in April's older sister Myra Sue is keeping secrets and acting mysterious and April Grace still isn't uite sure how she feels about neighbors Isabel and Ian In the third novel of a series Confessions of April Grace the title character lives up to her nameher middle name at least She learns a lot about showing grace forgiving in loveand finally gets to the bottom of Myra Sue's secrecyin the nick of time April Grace is spunky and confident and speaks her mind She reminds me a little of the 80's sitcom character Punky Brewsterif Punky knew Jesus Her family adventures are always fun and full of faith and lovewith lots of humor thrown in for good measure I've enjoyed the entire series and Chocolate Covered Baloney lives up to its title I highly recommend the first two titles in this series as well The Wordsmith Journal strives to guide readers to books of personal interest with the understanding and respect that what appeals to some may not appeal to others Therefore we attempt to keep our reviews focused on content genre and style The rating is necessary to make use of Goodreads and It reflects the reviewer’s own level of enjoyment but the review is intended to be informative for the benefit of all readers

  8. Beverly says:

    This is the third book in the series about April Grace I have not yet read the first two but was able to follow the story easily without having read themThis is what I call a VOICE book You know those books where you feel like you can clearly hear the character's voice in your head as you read It's like sitting down and having a conversation with a person than it is like reading a bookI love April Grace She's a strong well developed character who grows throughout the story She is confident but willing to admit when she's wrong I love her relationship with all the members of her family Even though she has little or no patience with her snotty older sister Myra Sue you can tell that deep down she really cares for her She's even willing after some struggling to learn to love this new trouble causing long lost relative All of her antics provide for an enjoyable readI especially liked that this story takes place during the late 80s when children were not so plugged in It was refreshing to see young people interact without benefit of cell phones and social mediaAnother positive is April Grace's spiritual side It's not an overwhelming aspect of the book but April Grace does freuently stop to consider her actionsthoughts and pray about them April Grace is not perfect but she does try to be good This is a book I can add to my Young Christian Fiction reading listI enjoyed this book so much I've already reuested the first two books In Front of God and Everybody and Cliues Hicks and Ugly Sticks I also plan to order these books for the school library Readers who enjoyed Heather Frederick's The Mother Daughter Book Club series will certainly want to check out this series

  9. Morgan-Britney Hawksley says:

    Summary The last thing April Grace wants is change in her life but that's exactly what she gets Plus April has a new mystery to solve when Myra Sue starts sneaking around and acting very suspiciousFrom snooty new neighbors to starting junior high to getting a new baby brother to having hergrandmother get a boyfriend April Grace has had enough change to last until she is at least 87 years oldBut when it rains it pours and April Grace is in for the ride of her life when her prissy citified neighbor Isabel becomes her gym teacher and a long lost relative suddenly reappears and throws everything into a tizzy On top of that April's sister Myra Sue has been hiding something and sneaking around April needs to find out what is going on before her silly sister gets herself into trouble again More important will April find the grace she needs to handle her topsy turvy life and forgive past wrongsMy Thoughts April Grace reminded me of myself at her age I was loud and inuisitive my foot always in my mouth from some silly thing I had said It was very easy to relate to her I understood the family issues in the novel as well and the sweet ending refreshed my spiritsThere were a couple things I didn't like about the book April Grace has a very negative attitude towards her older sister calling her a dipstick and dumb I understand the frustration a sister can bring but I don't think having April Grace use those rude names was necessary Sexual Content NoneCrude Language NoneViolent Content NoneAlcoholDrug Content Two characters smoke It is frowned uponRating

  10. Julie Graves says:

    April Grace and her sister Myra Sue do not get along Especially now that April knows that Myra has a secret Myra has been sneaking out to the mailbox writing mysterious letters in her roompretending to be doing homework and being cranky with everyone around her Her family all chalks it up to just a stage she's going through but April thinks there is something to itWhen a long lost relative shows up unannounced things go from bad to worse Now April and Myra have to share a room again The girls are fighting than ever and things in their home are topsy turvy And what about the mysterious hang up phone callsApril is as feisty and curious as ever which makes for some entertaining episodes in the story Honest to a fault she does manage to bite her tongue to keep from saying even than she already does When the pastor of their church delivers a sermon on change is coming April tunes out She feels that their family has had enough change to last her a lifetimeChocolate Covered Baloney was an entertaining read Once again the antics of April Grace and the things that come out of her mouth crack me up Even though she and her sister fight constantly you can tell that April still has a loyalty to family and love and concern for them Returning characters included Isabel Grandmaand her multiple boyfriends April's parents and the Freebirds And introduced a new unexpected and unwanted family member April's parents have never thrown anyone out of their house before but this guest may exceed that generosity A fun book and I look forward to the next installment of the April Grace confessions

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