NEW GIRL IN TOWN

LIBERTY PORTER, FIRST DAUGHTER, BOOK 2

In this sequel to Liberty Porter, First Daughter (2009), nine-year-old Liberty continues to explore her new White House surroundings, copes with her first day at school and takes a field trip to the Smithsonian National American History Museum. Liberty’s efforts to be “nice, friendly, and welcoming to all” are frustrated by a small group of girls who want to monopolize her, and the extra attention she gets is a burden. Sprinkled with trivia about White House life, U.S. history and the museum, this will surely appeal to readers already intrigued by the lives of the current White House children. Who would not want to be part of a class invited to slide on the floors of the East Room and eat ice-cream sundaes with the president? Pooler’s grayscale illustrations break up the text every few pages, as do occasional lists and plentiful dialogue. Events from the first book are mentioned, but readers can easily start here. Those drawn in by the new-at-school story and friendship issues will stay for the fun. (Fiction. 8-11)

Pub Date: July 6, 2010

ISBN: 978-1-4169-9128-1

Page Count: 208

Publisher: Aladdin

Review Posted Online: June 3, 2010

Kirkus Reviews Issue: June 1, 2010

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EAGLE SONG

A rare venture into contemporary fiction for Bruchac (The Circle of Thanks, p. 1529, etc.), this disappointing tale of a young Mohawk transplanted to Brooklyn, N.Y., is overstuffed with plotlines, lectures, and cultural information. Danny Bigtree gets jeers, or the cold shoulder, from his fourth-grade classmates, until his ironworker father sits him down to relate—at length- -the story of the great Mohawk peacemaker Aionwahta (Hiawatha), then comes to school to talk about the Iroquois Confederacy and its influence on our country's Founding Fathers. Later, Danny's refusal to tattle when Tyrone, the worst of his tormenters, accidentally hits him in the face with a basketball breaks the ice for good. Two sketchy subplots: Danny runs into an old Seminole friend, who, evidently due to parental neglect, has joined a gang; after dreaming of an eagle falling from a tree, Danny learns that his father has been injured in a construction- site accident. A worthy, well-written novella—but readers cannot be moved by a story that pulls them in so many different directions. (Fiction. 9-11)

Pub Date: March 1, 1997

ISBN: 0-8037-1918-3

Page Count: 80

Publisher: Dial Books

Review Posted Online: May 20, 2010

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Dec. 1, 1996

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JUDY MOODY SAVES THE WORLD!

McDonald’s irrepressible third-grader (Judy Moody Gets Famous, 2001, etc.) takes a few false steps before hitting full stride. This time, not only has her genius little brother Stink submitted a competing entry in the Crazy Strips Band-Aid design contest, but in the wake of her science teacher’s heads-up about rainforest destruction and endangered animals, she sees every member of her family using rainforest products. It’s all more than enough to put her in a Mood, which gets her in trouble at home for letting Stink’s pet toad, Toady, go free, and at school for surreptitiously collecting all the pencils (made from rainforest cedar) in class. And to top it off, Stink’s Crazy Strips entry wins a prize, while she gets . . . a certificate. Chronicled amusingly in Reynolds’s frequent ink-and-tea drawings, Judy goes from pillar to post—but she justifies the pencil caper convincingly enough to spark a bottle drive that nets her and her classmates not only a hundred seedling trees for Costa Rica, but the coveted school Giraffe Award (given to those who stick their necks out), along with T-shirts and ice cream coupons. Judy’s growing corps of fans will crow “Rare!” right along with her. (Fiction. 8-10)

Pub Date: Aug. 1, 2002

ISBN: 0-7636-1446-7

Page Count: 160

Publisher: Candlewick

Review Posted Online: May 20, 2010

Kirkus Reviews Issue: July 1, 2002

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