A bully, a wedding, and a larger-than-life family add up to a hilarious and heartfelt middle-grade novel.
A Wisconsin Library Association Notable Book
Mary Margaret Miller is going to be a junior bridesmaid–that is, if she isn’t grounded for the rest of her life. She’s feuding with school bully Brent Helzinski, and her cousin Eden, aka The Bride, is clashing with her grandmother about wedding plans. Mary knows it’s her job as a junior bridesmaid to make the day run smoothly, but she sure could use a little help from above.
Praise for A Patron Saint for Bridesmaids:
“Mary’s engaging first-person narrative takes place in the lead-up to her cousin’s wedding, with intermittent flashbacks to her conflict with the bully, and culminates with the big day. Mary is perceptive and goofy and even keeps a journal of all the patron saints she prays to for all the different people and situations in her life. With a boisterous, multigenerational family and touching themes of tolerance, there’s a lot to like here, and fans of feel-good stories will be delighted.” —Booklist
“Tougas keeps the narrative just light enough for her target audience of middle graders even as Mary struggles with some pretty deep religious questions. She may have been the Minnesota Church Youth Group Member of the Year, but that doesn’t mean she is without flaws—a hard thing to admit. Wedding-prep comedy balances serious questions of morality in this sweetly perceptive book.” —Kirkus Reviews