4th grader Allie is excited when she finds out there is a new girl in her class. The new girl’s name is Cheyenne and she’s from Canada – which makes her sound kind of exotic and interesting. She’s interesting all right. And bossy. And mean. Cheyenne immediately collects a group of friends – her clique – and labels anyone she hasn’t chosen “immature”. Then she starts a kissing game at recess and begins insisting that the boys and girls pair up and start “going with” each other. Allie wants to know…what does “going with” even mean? Dealing with Cheyenne, and having the courage to stand up to her, helps Allie add another rule to her list of school survival tips: “Just because something is popular doesn’t mean it’s good.” Anybody who has ever had to deal with a controlling, bossy mean girl will cheer outloud for Allie and her friends.
“Welcome to the party everyone’s dying to attend! As one of the rich and famous, you’ve been invited to an incredible evening. But, after you arrive, the host, well…dies, and everyone knows it was foul play! Now you must solve the mystery. Move around the mansion and find clues. If you can narrow it down to who did it, where, and with which weapon, go to the pool and make your accusation!”
This is the sixth, and Avi says the last, story about Poppy the mouse. I’ll warn you, you’re going to need some kleenex for this one, but that’s all I’m going to say. The characters in this book might be bats and mice and porcupines but you actually care about them! I really don’t want to see a mouse in my house, but if the mouse were Poppy, well, then I’d let her stay! In this one Poppy has another adventure, even though she is now a Grandmother many times over. The best part is, Poppy’s got a grandson named Spruce who just might have her adventurous spirit too! Author: Avi Series: Poppy
Lina is having a really tough year since her Mom died. Lina’s best friend is having a tough year too since her Dad up and left. The girls cope by keeping busy playing volleyball, doing homework and talking about cute boys. Plus, they have each other. It always helps to have a friend that understands.
Lina’s Dad and Vanessa’s Mom aren’t doing so good. Lina’s Dad is an English Professor and spends his time with his nose buried in a book – so much time that he forgets about Lina sometimes. Vanessa’s mom spends her time obsessively making Cascarones – hollow eggs filled with confetti. She makes so many that the eggs are piling up all over Vanessa’s house. The irony is Cascarones are “good luck eggs.” You crack one over somebody’s head to give them good luck. Eggs need cracked over everyone in these two families.
The best part about this book is the adults. Lina’s Dad and Vanessa’s mom are very real characters. They aren’t stereotype parents. You can feel their pain and you can understand the reasons they are acting so strangely. I liked watching these two families work through tough times. The characters in Confetti Girl show you how important family and friends are during hard times and how important it is to lean on them instead of pushing them away. Sometimes, it’s important to let people help you.