Good incredible evening everyone.

We continue our WordPress Wednesday with a dip into the Reading With the Authors column for a spectacular book review by author Meredith Burton.

I must say this book sounds like one I am soon going to read.

Don’t forget to check out Meredith’s book and bio information once you’ve enjoyed this review.

Thanks for dropping back by campbellsworld and do stop in again soon. You just never can tell what we might get up to next.

For now, here’s Meredith and her book review.





Pay Attention, Carter Jones is a funny and poignant story of a young boy’s coming-of-age.  Gary D. Schmidt is an author with the ability to make me laugh and cry, often within the span of a few paragraphs.  This novel is no exception.  Carter Jones’s family is going through some difficult trials.  With Carter’s dad fighting in Afghanistan, the new school year starting, car trouble and even more distressing occurrences, the family is struggling to stay afloat.  But, when a portly butler arrives on their doorstep with a satellite-disc umbrella and a take-charge attitude, things will never be the same.

I loved how Gary Schmidt cleverly wove the story with the analogy of an English cricket game.  Cricket has much to teach us about life, and each chapter begins with an explanation of some facet of the game.  As Carter and his friends learn the finer points of the game interspersed with life-changing moments, the story of a young man’s growth gracefully unfolds.  While this novel deals with heartbreaking issues, the author does a superb job of leavening the sadness with plenty of laugh-out-loud humor.  One of my favorite scenes occurs when the butler tries pizza for the first time.  I also love when Carter Jones is encouraged by the butler to explain the British viewpoint regarding the Declaration of Independence.  I could not put this book down and even read it twice in order to fully appreciate the witticisms and wisdom to be unearthed.  If you like books that remind you of classics such as Mary Poppins but that also contain modern sensibilities and engaging main characters, Pay Attention, Carter Jones may just be the book for you.  I would be thrilled if this novel received a John Newbery Award or at least an honor.  Happy reading.


Pay Attention, Carter Jones is available from NLS, (the National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped), in audio format, and the narrator is superb.  http://nlsbard.loc.gov/index.html

The novel is located at db 94145.





Meredith Leigh Burton was born on July 4, 1983.  She attended the Tennessee School for the Blind and Middle Tennessee State University.  Graduating in December of 2007 with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in English and theater, she then obtained her teaching certification for grades 7-12.  She enjoys working with students, helping them to explore their own talents and learn self-expression through writing.  She also enjoys helping with church activities.  She resides in Lynchburg, Tennessee.

Meredith is an author of young adult fantasy.  Her recent release, Blind Beauty and Other Tales of Redemption, is an anthology of fairy tale retellings that seek to explore the familiar tales in unique ways.  Most of her works feature disabled protagonists who are called upon to fight against evil.  All her characters face difficult obstacles and must find strength to fight.  Meredith hopes to show her readers that disabilities are really blessings, that we all have gifts and long to make a difference in the world.

To see and buy her book visit her at:

Find her on Goodreads at:


Find her on Audible at:  https://www.amazon.com/Blind-Beauty-Other-Tales-Redemption/dp/B07KBC52JJ/ref=sr_1_1_twi_audd_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1542207638&sr=8-1&keywords=blind+beauty+and+other+tales+of+redemption

Buy her book in braille at:


Blind Beauty and Other Tales of Redemption is now also available on cartridge from the Tennessee branch of the National Library for Books and Accessible Media, (National Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped).  Meredith is working to get it uploaded on BARD, but that will take a while.  People may call and request the book on cartridge.




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