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Lucy in the Sky: 09/01/21
Lucy in the Sky by Kiara Brinkman and Sean Chiki (Illustrations) is set in 2012-2013. Lucy Sutcliffe discovers her father's collection of Beatle's records. At the same time she convinces her two besties and another girl at their K-8 school to form a band. Over the course of their last year at the school their band and friendship will mimic the rocky career of the Beatles.
Besides the Beatles music, Lucy has to come to terms with her grandmother's failing health. Cookie has been fighting cancer but now it's clear that the treatments are no longer working. She decides to forego further treatment and her acceptance of death has Lucy and her father reeling.
Lucy is closer to her grandmother than her mother. When Mom arrives home, we see a similar rocky relationship between her and Cookie as we do with her and Lucy.
There's also Lucy's attempt to get her father to date again. He and Lucy's mother have been divorced for some time. Her attempts to hook him up with a single mom they know at the duck pond is adorably awkward.
Mostly though, the book is about the tensions of starting a band and how bringing in someone new sets everyone on edge. If the book was only focused on the band dynamics, I would have probably set the book aside. But in the context of the Beatles and the other pieces of Lucy's life, it makes sense.