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|Wish upon a sleepover|
Author: Selfors, Suzanne
A group of misfits has a sleepover that involves a scavenger hunt and slightly magical soup in this story of newfound friendship in unexpected places.
|Accelerated Reader Information:|
Interest Level: MG
Reading Level: 3.90
Points: 6.0 Quiz: 501118
|Reading Counts Information:|
Interest Level: 3-5
Reading Level: 3.40
Points: 10.0 Quiz: 75228
Kirkus Reviews (06/15/18)
School Library Journal (06/01/18)
The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books (00/07/18)
Full Text Reviews:
School Library Journal - 06/01/2018 Gr 4–6—Leilani really wants to join the Haileys, six friends since first grade because they share the same name. But it's by invitation only and, despite her best eavesdropping and spying, Leilani hasn't been invited; nor is her name Hailey. Her plan? To invite the Haileys to a luau-themed sleepover, something her family knows all about because of their Hawaiian heritage. But when great-grandmother, Tutu, sends her pineapple invitations to the kids on the "Do Not Invite" list, Leilani's plan is ruined. Instead she must spend the weekend with her best friend and three kids she'd rather not be around. When the children follow Tutu's recipe for Sleepover Soup, a Hawaiian tradition requiring teamwork and chicken broth, things unexpectedly change for the better. With the right balance of tension and humor, Selfors's writing perfectly captures the tone of teenage angst and the struggle to fit in. Also of note is the theme of selective mutism which plays a large role. Through her retelling of "Stone Soup," Selfors reinforces the importance of kindness and manners by crafting a tale of inclusivity, acceptance, and cooperation, in a way that never feels heavy-handed or forced. VERDICT A delightfully funny, relatable tale for anyone struggling to fit in. A plus for fiction collections.—Rebecca Gueorguiev, New York Public Library - Copyright 2018 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.
Booklist - 08/01/2018 Leilani wants nothing more than to be friends with the popular group, the Haileys, and she dreams of hosting an incredible slumber party that will make them all friends. But when Leilani’s great-grandmother Tutu sends the invites to the “Do Not Invite” list, Leilani ends up with a party full of awkward misfits. What is Leilani supposed to do with a girl who wears animal ears and draws comics, a boy who doesn’t talk, and her farting cousin? When Tutu suggests a special recipe for Sleepover Soup, for which every participant who contributes a special ingredient gets a wish granted, Leilani thinks it’s just another of Tutu’s stories. But her party guests think it sounds fun, so they embark on a scavenger hunt that may just turn this oddball group into friends. Featuring a diverse cast and touching on issues of friendship, loneliness, and anxiety, this modern version of Stone Soup is sure to be a crowd-pleaser and help ease the fears of transition and friendship that come with changes in middle school. - Copyright 2018 Booklist.