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|Ava and Pip|
Author: Weston, Carol
When ten-year-old Ava uses her writing talents to help her older sister overcome her shyness, both girls learn the impact their words and stories can have on the world around them.
|Accelerated Reader Information:|
Interest Level: MG
Reading Level: 4.70
Points: 5.0 Quiz: 165347
|Reading Counts Information:|
Interest Level: 3-5
Reading Level: 4.40
Points: 9.0 Quiz: 69961
Kirkus Reviews (02/01/14)
School Library Journal (00/03/14)
Full Text Reviews:
Booklist - 03/01/2014 The author of The Diary of Melanie Martin (2001) is back with another diary-style novel about word-loving sisters. Ava and Pip are word nerds, and Ava uses her power with language to write a story for a library contest. However, the inspiration for her story, a girl who seemingly steals all of Pip’s friends at her birthday party, gets her into trouble. Turns out that Ava’s Aesop-like fable isn’t fictional enough to be forgotten by Bea, the story’s main character, or her family. While Ava was just trying to stand up for her shy sister, she ends up learning a big lesson about creative license. Readers will relate to Ava’s situation, doing the wrong thing for the right reasons to protect her sister. But it is how she remedies the situation with Bea’s help that will have readers cheering. Fans of diary-style novels will enjoy this story, and readers who love to play with words will be searching for more palindromes. - Copyright 2014 Booklist.
School Library Journal - 03/01/2014 Gr 4–7—Ava is a spirited fifth grader and aspiring writer. Her sister Pip is a painfully shy seventh grader. Ava loves her sister, but gets frustrated with her awkwardness and the amount of parental attention she gets because of it ("I know Pip isn't shy on purpose, but it still gets me mad.") Pip's birthday party is derailed when a popular new girl, Bea, moves to town and hosts a party on the same night. Indignantly, Ava writes a story, "Sting of the Queen Bee." When her story is honored in a library contest, it goes public. Rather than start a mean-girl battle, Bea and Ava are honest with each other about their hurt feelings, and team up to help draw Pip out of her shell. They are so successful that Ava then has to adjust to the shift in family dynamics. The story is told through Ava's diary entries, which bear sign offs such as "Ava the annoying," "Ava, abandoned?," and "Ava amazed." Her writing is filled with palindromes and wordplay. Some of the musings may be more sophisticated than realistic for a fifth grader, but they they are so clever, and her voice is so charming that it's a pleasure to forgive. The relationships between all the girls are tender and realistic while the adults are caring and involved. The story has just enough conflict to keep the pages flying, with the comfortable certainty that it will all work out.—Amelia Jenkins, Juneau Public Library, AK - Copyright 2014 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.