Half a Chance is the latest of the Mark Twain Award nominees I've read, and I have to admit, I enjoyed reading it. It taught me a little bit about lake culture, which for many is a seasonal one. It also reminded me that there are people who attach themselves to causes. Mostly, though, it taught me that we must embrace our situation and not ignore the negatives in our lives. I doubt that was the author's intended theme, but it's an important one, nevertheless - that we are able to keep moving even when things try to stop us.
From the author's website:
When Lucy's family moves to an old house on a lake, Lucy tries to see her new home through her camera's lens, as her father has taught her—he's a famous photographer, away on a shoot. Will her photos ever meet his high standards? When she discovers that he's judging a photo contest, Lucy decides to enter anonymously. She wants to find out if her eye for photography is really special—or only good enough.