It's good to see extended family portrayed in middle grade literature; all too often, books are limited to children and parents, with the occasional grandparent. Georgie's parents' situation is also a good inclusion-- there are not many books depicting parents who have remarried and have other children, although many of my students have family dynamics like that. I would have liked to see more of the family dynamic with the father and stepmother, since that was so interesting in the first book. The small town setting reminded me a bit of Strong's Just South of Home, and Georgie's visit to the mayor's office to ask for a permit for her talent show was fun. Readers can benefit from seeing young characters who embrace a sense of agency and Get Things Done.
Marki's limb difference is handled sensitively, and her reactions to how others treat her seem accurate. I appreciate that she is shown on the cover; I've had several students with limb differences, and can't think of any middle grade books other than Bowling's Insignificant Events in the Life of a Cactus that portray this.
This was a great sequel to a strong first book and will be enjoyed by readers who want to read about blended families in books like Draper's Blended, Lenz's The Stepmom Shakeup, Payne's The Thing About Leftovers, and Davis's Peas and Carrots.