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THE STARTUP SQUAD

From the Startup Squad series

A refreshing depiction of drama turned positive, this series opener is perfect for young entrepreneurs.

Can Resa Lopez learn to balance leadership and teamwork in time to run a successful business that wins the school contest?

When Resa finds out that the sixth-grade trip is to Adventure Central and that the team whose lemonade stand raises the most money for the trip gets QuickTix—wait-free access to all the thrilling rides—she is beyond excited. She and her best friend, Didi Singh, are happy to be on the same team, but Resa quickly judges their other team members wanting: unreliable fashionista Harriet Nguyen and quiet Amelia Grant, the new girl. Resa assumes that Amelia is “stuck-up” because she doesn’t speak much, but Amelia finds her voice when Resa insists on bossing everyone around. Didi normally tries to smooth things over on Resa’s behalf, but even she gets fed up with Resa’s attitude. The team’s setbacks and failures are almost unbearable, but the chuckleworthy snark will keep readers going. The team members learn not only about listening to each other, using their strengths, and stepping out of their comfort zones, but also about important business skills such as marketing and location, which are expounded upon in an endnote. Resa makes for a daringly flawed early-middle-grade protagonist, with room for growth that’s realized satisfyingly. Resa (Teresa) is Afro-Latina, Didi (Indira) is Indian, Amelia is white, and Harriet is Asian.

A refreshing depiction of drama turned positive, this series opener is perfect for young entrepreneurs. (Fiction. 8-12)

Pub Date: May 7, 2019

ISBN: 978-1-250-18040-7

Page Count: 176

Publisher: Imprint

Review Posted Online: March 26, 2019

Kirkus Reviews Issue: April 15, 2019

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CHARLOTTE'S WEB

The three way chats, in which they are joined by other animals, about web spinning, themselves, other humans—are as often...

A successful juvenile by the beloved New Yorker writer portrays a farm episode with an imaginative twist that makes a poignant, humorous story of a pig, a spider and a little girl.

Young Fern Arable pleads for the life of runt piglet Wilbur and gets her father to sell him to a neighbor, Mr. Zuckerman. Daily, Fern visits the Zuckermans to sit and muse with Wilbur and with the clever pen spider Charlotte, who befriends him when he is lonely and downcast. At the news of Wilbur's forthcoming slaughter, campaigning Charlotte, to the astonishment of people for miles around, spins words in her web. "Some Pig" comes first. Then "Terrific"—then "Radiant". The last word, when Wilbur is about to win a show prize and Charlotte is about to die from building her egg sac, is "Humble". And as the wonderful Charlotte does die, the sadness is tempered by the promise of more spiders next spring.

The three way chats, in which they are joined by other animals, about web spinning, themselves, other humans—are as often informative as amusing, and the whole tenor of appealing wit and pathos will make fine entertainment for reading aloud, too.

Pub Date: Oct. 15, 1952

ISBN: 978-0-06-026385-0

Page Count: 192

Publisher: Harper/HarperCollins

Review Posted Online: Sept. 14, 2011

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Oct. 1, 1952

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GHOSTS

Telgemeier’s bold colors, superior visual storytelling, and unusual subject matter will keep readers emotionally engaged and...

Catrina narrates the story of her mixed-race (Latino/white) family’s move from Southern California to Bahía de la Luna on the Northern California coast.

Dad has a new job, but it’s little sister Maya’s lungs that motivate the move: she has had cystic fibrosis since birth—a degenerative breathing condition. Despite her health, Maya loves adventure, even if her lungs suffer for it and even when Cat must follow to keep her safe. When Carlos, a tall, brown, and handsome teen Ghost Tour guide introduces the sisters to the Bahía ghosts—most of whom were Spanish-speaking Mexicans when alive—they fascinate Maya and she them, but the terrified Cat wants only to get herself and Maya back to safety. When the ghost adventure leads to Maya’s hospitalization, Cat blames both herself and Carlos, which makes seeing him at school difficult. As Cat awakens to the meaning of Halloween and Day of the Dead in this strange new home, she comes to understand the importance of the ghosts both to herself and to Maya. Telgemeier neatly balances enough issues that a lesser artist would split them into separate stories and delivers as much delight textually as visually. The backmatter includes snippets from Telgemeier’s sketchbook and a photo of her in Día makeup.

Telgemeier’s bold colors, superior visual storytelling, and unusual subject matter will keep readers emotionally engaged and unable to put down this compelling tale. (Graphic fiction. 8-12)

Pub Date: Sept. 13, 2016

ISBN: 978-0-545-54061-2

Page Count: 256

Publisher: Scholastic

Review Posted Online: July 1, 2016

Kirkus Reviews Issue: July 15, 2016

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