Monday Children’s Book Reviews for October 19

Wink: The Ninja Who Wanted To Be Noticed by J. C. Phillipps

“The story of a boy named Wink who is SUPER EXCITED to attend the Summer Moon School for Young Ninjas. He can kick, tumble, and punch but he can’t seem to be quiet or stay hidden. Wink doesn’t get the whole stealth aspect of it. Needless to say, he gets in a lot of trouble. He is expelled after a particularly “showy” day at the zoo. Then Wink discovers a family of circus performers and finds a place he can truly shine.” [from J. C. Phillipps’ blog]          [JPB PHILLIPPS]

Mr. Putter and Tabby Spill the Beans by Cynthia Rylant

“Mr. Putter can’t imagine why anyone would need to know one hundred ways to cook beans. His neighbor Mrs. Teaberry can, and she says a cooking class will be something new and fun for them to do. Mr. Putter isn’t so sure — he’d much rather think about an ice cream soda than all those beans. But Mrs. Teaberry has a way of talking him into things.”            [JE RYLANT]

Kaleidoscope Eyes by Jen Bryant

“When Lyza helps her dad clean out her late grandfather’s house, a mysterious surprise brightens the sad task. In Gramps’s dusty attic, Lyza discovers three maps, carefully folded and stacked, bound by a single rubber band. On top, an envelope says “For Lyza ONLY.” What could this possibly be? It takes the help of her two best friends, Malcolm and Carolann, to figure out that the maps reveal three possible spots in their own New Jersey town where Captain Kidd (the Captain Kidd, seventeenth-century pirate) may have buried a treasure. Can three thirteen-year-olds actually conduct a secret treasure hunt? And what will they find?

In a tale inspired by a true story of buried treasure, Jen Bryant weaves an emotional and suspenseful novel in poems, all set against the backdrop of the Vietnam War during a pivotal year in U.S. history.”       [J BRYANT]

Faith, Hope, and Ivy June by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor

“Ivy June Mosely and Catherine Combs, two girls from different parts of Kentucky, are participating in the first seventh-grade student exchange program between their schools. The girls will stay at each other’s homes, attend school together, and record their experience in their journals. Catherine and her family have a beautiful home with plenty of space. Since Ivy June’s house is crowded, she lives with her grandparents. Her Pappaw works in the coal mines supporting four generations of kinfolk. Ivy June can’t wait until he leaves that mine forever and retires. As the girls get closer, they discover they’re more alike than different, especially when they face the terror of not knowing what’s happening to those they love most.”             [J NAYLOR]

For the Duration, A 26 Fairmount Avenue Book by Tomie dePaola

“Tomie keeps hearing the phrase, “For the duration.” Gas is being rationed “for the duration.” The Fourth of July fireworks will be the last show “for the duration.” So many things will be different as long as the war goes on, but much of Tomie’s life goes on as usual. He’s excited about starring in a dance recital, taking the bus around town all by himself, and having his first Communion. But Tomie is also still getting over his cousin’s death in the war, and he has to say good-bye to his uncle as he ships off to basic training. And then he has a run-in with some bullies and his brother doesn’t even help him out. Luckily, Tomie knows there are a lot of people he can count on for the duration.”         [JB DEPAOLA]

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