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Judy Moody and the Bucket List

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Title:   Judy Moody and the Bucket List
Author:   Megan McDonald
Series:   Judy Moody
Recommended for:   kids in grades 3-5
Pages:   157
Call Number/Link:   J FICTION MCDONALD, M.

Rating:   ***

 

 

 

Synopsis:

Discovering Grandma Lou’s mysterious “bucket list” of things that she wants to do in her lifetime, Judy Moody is inspired to create a list of her own goals, from learning to do a cartwheel to visiting Antarctica.

Comments:

I was drawn in by the words Bucket List in the title.  I wondered how my  list might compare to Judy Moody’s.

As it turns out, we have different lifetime goals.  At one time, I also hoped to learn to do a cartwheel, but I realized that was never going to happen.  And Antarctica?  brrrrrr.  I would much rather visit France, Ireland, Scotland and/or Canada.  (These trips would be funded by the lottery that I need to win very very soon.)

This was a cute book.  It was realistic fiction that was actually realistic, except for Judy’s immediate mastery of the hepcat dictionary.  I loved Grandma Lou.  It also made me smile that the ride on the horse/donkey hybrid was so much better than the ride on the actual horse.

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Posted by on August 23, 2016 in Funny, Juv, Realistic

 

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Paris for Two

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Title:    Paris for Two
Author:   Phoebe Stone
Series:  —
Recommended for:  tween girls
Pages:   257 p.
Call Number/Link:   J Fiction Stone, P.

Rating:  ***

 

 

 

 

Synopsis:

Twelve-year-old Petunia is used to living in the shadow of her fourteen-year-old half-sister, Ava, their mother’s favorite.  Now that the whole family has moved to Paris for a year, Pet finds herself stepping into the light, making new friends, uncovering secrets, and, inspired by the classic French dolls she has found, revealing an unexpected talent for designing dresses–and her beautiful sister does not take it well.

Comments:

I was curious when I saw a book titled Paris for Two in the juvenile fiction collection.  Between the title and the cover, my first guess was that it would be a romance.  For kids who read juvenile fiction?  Yikes!

Happily, I was wrong.  The book was about Petunia’s experiences in Paris.- dealing with her family, making new friends and time spent designing/sewing dresses.  It is an understatement to say that Petunia and her sister weren’t close at the beginning of the book.  I was so bothered by the way the mother and older sister treated Petunia that I almost abandoned the book within the first 50 pages.

But it was set in Paris so I continued to read.

While I primarily consider the book realistic fiction, it also has bits of historical fiction, some parallels with the Cinderella story and snippets of innocent romance.  It seems to me to have a fairly narrow intended audience:  tween girls.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
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Posted by on June 8, 2016 in Juv, Realistic

 

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