Dear Sweet Pea

Dear Sweet Pea

The first middle grade novel from Julie Murphy, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Dumplin’ (now a popular Netflix film), is a funny, heartwarming story perfect for fans of Rebecca Stead, Ali Benjamin, and Holly Goldberg Sloan.

Patricia “Sweet Pea” DiMarco wasn’t sure what to expect when her parents announced they were getting a divorce. She never could have imagined that they would have the “brilliant” idea of living in nearly identical houses on the same street. In the one house between them lives their eccentric neighbor Miss Flora Mae, the famed local advice columnist behind “Miss Flora Mae I?”

Dividing her time between two homes is not easy. And it doesn’t help that at school, Sweet Pea is now sitting right next to her ex–best friend, Kiera, a daily reminder of the friendship that once was. Things might be unbearable if Sweet Pea didn’t have Oscar—her new best friend—and her fifteen-pound cat, Cheese.

Then one day Flora leaves for a trip and asks Sweet Pea to forward her the letters for the column. And Sweet Pea happens to recognize the handwriting on one of the envelopes.

What she decides to do with that letter sets off a chain of events that will forever change the lives of Sweet Pea DiMarco, her family, and many of the readers of “Miss Flora Mae I?”

Title:Dear Sweet Pea
ISBN:9780062473097
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    Dear Sweet Pea Reviews

  • Chelsea (chelseadolling reads)

    This was absolutely precious and my heart is so dang full.TW: divorce, homophobia...

  • Christy

    4 starsDear Sweet Pea was such a cute read! I love Julie Murphy’s writing and I enjoyed this middle grade novel lots.Patricia ‘Sweet Pea’ DiMarco is a middle schooler who is going through a lot....

  • Rachel Reads Ravenously

    4 stars! A really sweet and heartwarming middle grade read. I highly recommend for readers of all ages!...

  • Layla (Between the Lines)

    Review to come!...

  • CaseyTheCanadianLesbrarian

    Julie Murphy's books are so heart-warming but also don't shy away from complexities and grey areas. This is a great debut into the middle grade market about a 13-year-old who has a lot of stuff going ...

  • Samantha (WLABB)

    Rating: 4.5 StarsSweet Pea liked the way things were, but they wouldn't stop changing. First, she lost her best friend, Kiera, to the popular older girls. Then, her parents got divorced, and she was f...

  • Casey (caseydillabooks)

    SO much to love about this....

  • Abby Johnson

    SO GOOD, you all. I had high hopes for Julie Murphy's first middle grade novel because I am a huge fan of Dumplin' and Puddin'. Friends, it was everything I hoped it would be. Sweet Pea is a small tow...

  • Amanda

    I am in love with this book. I aspire to be just like Flora Mae when I'm old, minus the stuffed dead cat....

  • Amanda

    This was so lovely! I can already picture the movie ;)...