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 Boogie Bass, sign language star (After-School Superstars)
 Author: Mills, Claudia

 Publisher:  Holiday House (2021)

 Classification: Fiction
 Physical Description: 112 p, ill.20 cm

 BTSB No: 063402 ISBN: 9780823446292
 Ages: 7-10 Grades: 2-5

 American Sign Language -- Fiction
 Family life -- Fiction
 Self-confidence -- Fiction
 After-school programs -- Fiction
 School stories

Price: $20.68

Boogie Bass feels his best friend, Nolan, is better than he at everything, even caring for Boogie's little brothers, but an after-school camp reveals Boogie's talent at communicating using American Sign Language. Includes facts about ASL.

 Illustrator: Zong, Grace
Accelerated Reader Information:
   Interest Level: LG
   Reading Level: 5.50
   Points: 2.0   Quiz: 511838

   School Library Journal (08/01/21)
 The Hornbook (00/09/21)

Full Text Reviews:

School Library Journal - 08/01/2021 Gr 2–5—In book four of the series, Boogie Bass, who has light skin and red hair, is having a hard time. He can't seem to do anything right: he lets his dog destroy his little brother Bing's favorite stuffed animal, and he almost hurts Bing playing indoor luge on the stairway. It's no wonder that he feels awkward beginning after-school camp with his best friend Nolan, who always does everything right. This camp is American Sign Language camp and Boogie hopes the first sign he learns is, "I'm sorry." After struggling through signing the alphabet, Boogie feels even more uncomfortable. But a visit to a school for the Deaf puts Boogie in a situation where he truly shines and starts making friends. The four After-School Superstars return in this wholesome look at how kids can overcome their own fears and insecurities by being true to themselves. Boogie's outgoing personality is a real gift and his devotion to his family, as the oldest of four rambunctious brothers, is evident throughout. Once he gains confidence, Boogie feels less awkward and embraces his buoyant personality as a positive characteristic that makes him who he is. Charming black-and-white illustrations add to the appeal of the text. Included is background information on American Sign Language, as well as an illustration of the ASL Alphabet Chart. VERDICT A welcome entry in the series that would be an excellent addition to the school library or an SEL unit.—Carol Connor, Cincinnati Public Schools, OH - Copyright 2021 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.

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