Middle School Student Book Reviews to Be Featured on Book Cover

Book reviews written by three St. Andrew’s middle schoolers will be featured on the inside and back cover of the new YA novel, “Edge of Yesterday.”
“It’s a really special opportunity because most people who review books are from the New York Times,” said Fiona Gallagher ‘21. “Having the opportunity to do this when I’m in eighth grade is really cool.”

Gallagher, Hazel Beuker ’23, and Gigi Wallace ’22 were chosen to read advance copies of the book, which chronicles the adventure of a science-smart middle schooler who successfully builds Leonardo da Vinci’s design for a time machine.

The girls met with Rockville author Robin Stevens Payes over lunch and were invited to share their thoughts through written reviews.

“They were so bright and articulate and I was so impressed,” Payes said of the students. “They just wrote the sweetest things. All in all it was just a wonderful opportunity for me to get direct feedback.”

Payes was so impressed with the feedback, in fact, that she decided to publish the reviews with the book, which will launch April 15 to coincide with da Vinci’s birthday.

All avid readers, the girls were excited to get their hands on not just a new book, but a book that had not yet been published.

“I ran out of books to read, so it was good to get a chance to read another one,” Beuker said.
Wallace said she enjoyed reading “Edge of Yesterday” and wanted to keep reading beyond the book’s 200 pages.  

“It has that time travel theme that a lot of middle schoolers will like, and the main characters are in middle school, so that also is appealing,” Wallace said.

Both Wallace and Gallagher said they could relate to the main character, Charley Morton, as middle schoolers.

“It really shows the reality of middle school and combines it with time travel, which is really fun,” Gallagher said.

In addition to sharing her book with St. Andrew’s Middle Schoolers, Payes is offering a multimedia internship to a St. Andrew’s junior. Click here for more information on the internship and how to apply.
    • A trio of middle school students will have their reviews of a soon-to-be-published book (not pictured) featured on its back cover.

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St. Andrew’s Episcopal School is a private, coeducational college preparatory day school for students in preschool (Age 2) through grade 12, located in Potomac, Maryland.