Monday Children’s Book Reviews for September 19, 2016

cleo edisonCleo Edison Oliver, Playground Millionaire by Sundee T. Frazier

“Organizing what she believes to be a quick-and-painless loose tooth removal business for her fifth-grade project, multiracial entrepreneur-in-training Cleo struggles with a queasy client, an estrangement with her best friend and an insensitive bully. By the award-winning author of Brendan Buckley’s Universe and Everything In It.”        [J FRAZIER,S]

tiny piece of skyA Tiny Piece of Sky by Shawn K. Stout

“World War II is coming in Europe. At least that’s what Frankie Baum heard on the radio. But from her small town in Maryland, in the wilting summer heat of 1939, the war is a world away.

“Besides, there are too many other things to think about: first that Frankie’s father up and bought a restaurant without telling anyone and now she has to help in the kitchen, peeling potatoes and washing dishes, when she’d rather be racing to Wexler’s Five and Dime on her skates. Plus her favorite sister, Joanie Baloney, is away for the summer and hasn’t been answering any of Frankie’s letters.

“But when some people in town start accusing her father of being a German spy, all of a sudden the war arrives at Frankie’s feet and she can think of nothing else.

“Could the rumors be true? Frankie has to do some spying of her own to try to figure out her father’s secrets and clear his good name. What she discovers about him surprises everyone, but is nothing compared to what she discovers about the world.”             [J STOUT,S]

what are you glad aboutWhat are You Glad About? What Are You Mad About? Poems For When a Person Needs a Poem by Judith Viorst

“From the beloved and internationally bestselling author of Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day, Judith Viorst comes a brand-new collection of clever, hilarious, and poignant poems that touch on every aspect of the roller-coaster ride that is childhood.

“Did you wake up this morning all smiley inside?
Does life taste like ice cream and cake?
Or does it seem more like your goldfish just died
And your insides are one great big ache?

“From school to family to friends, from Grrrr to Hooray!, Judith Viorst takes us on a tour of feelings of all kinds in this thoughtful, funny, and charming collection of poetry that’s perfect for young readers just learning to sort out their own emotions.”         [J811.54 VIORST]

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