Author: Ransom, Candice F.
When Rebel, 12, an aspiring paleontologist, spends the summer watching her older sister's son at a mobile home park, she never expects to enter a beauty pageant or meet a hand model.
|Accelerated Reader Information:|
Interest Level: MG
Reading Level: 4.10
Points: 8.0 Quiz: 152596
|Reading Counts Information:|
Interest Level: 3-5
Reading Level: 4.40
Points: 14.0 Quiz: 58308
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Kirkus Reviews (05/01/12)
School Library Journal (06/01/12)
Booklist (+) (06/01/12)
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Booklist - 06/01/2012 *Starred Review* Twelve-year-old Rebel McKenzie, who is practically a paleontologist, sees her summer take an unexpected turn when, instead of attending the Ice Age Kids’ Dig and Safari, she is commandeered to babysit her young nephew, Rudy. Having relocated to the Grandview Estates “mobile community” with Rudy and his beauty-school-student mom, Rebel stumbles upon a plan to raise money for camp; she will win the Frog Level Volunteer Fire Department’s beauty pageant. How hard can that be for the most interesting person on the Grandview Estates? With a cast of characters that includes a 21-pound Siamese cat who can pee in a toilet, a former hand model, a seven-year-old who picnics with God at lunchtime, and an up-and-coming pageant contestant and her mother—who act as if they live in Buckingham Palace as opposed to a trailer park—Rebel is hardly surrounded by bores. Everyone is worth knowing in this rich and funny book. While Rebel learns a thing or two about loyalty, family, and empathy, her sharp-as-a-tack wit and boatload of sass guarantees that no lesson is delivered with a heavy hand. Like a blueberry Slurpee on a scorching hot day, Rebel McKenzie is perfect for summer, when everything can go right, even if nothing goes as planned. - Copyright 2012 Booklist.
School Library Journal - 06/01/2012 Gr 4–7—As her name suggests, Rebel McKenzie does not like taking "no" for an answer. When her mom tells her she can't afford to send her to the Ice Age Kids' Dig, the 12-year-old plans to take a Greyhound to the summer camp. Unfortunately, she misses the bus and when a policeman returns her home her parents ground her for the rest of the summer. Her older sister, Lynette, saves Rebel by inviting her to move into the nearby "Grandview Estates" (a trailer park) and watch her seven-year-old nephew while Lynette attends beauty school. Rebel is still obsessed with making money and attending camp the following summer so she can fulfill her dream of becoming a paleontologist. She finds a friend in Lacey Jane and an enemy in beautiful and bossy Bambi. When Rebel learns that Bambi has recently won $500 in a beauty contest, she signs up for the Frog Level Volunteer Fire Department's beauty contest. After all, how hard can it be? Luckily, an elderly neighbor agrees to tutor Rebel and Lacey Jane in all things pageant related. Humorous southern euphemisms abound; Rebel's "Field Notebook" entries, beauty quizzes and articles, and cartoon panels are interspersed throughout. The story never gets weighed down by the many issues facing the characters. Rebel is a likable protagonist who certainly knows how to dream big, and this novel will make a fresh addition to summer reading lists.—Alison O'Reilly, Cutchogue New Suffolk Free Library, Cutchogue, NY - Copyright 2012 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.