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by Carol Weston

Age Range: 8 - 12

Pub Date: Feb. 8th, 2005
ISBN: 0-375-83028-6
Publisher: Knopf

Home—for a travel adventure? Yes, our globetrotting, diary-keeping Melanie sees her own Manhattan with fresh eyes when Miguel, the boy whom she met in Spain, comes to visit and she takes him sightseeing. This fourth outing is a thoroughly enjoyable pre-teen insider’s view of the island that will amuse those who know the Big Apple and those who’ve only read about it. They’re buying cheese at Zabars; riding the subway; visiting the Frick Museum; hailing cabs; walking across the Brooklyn Bridge; and seeing the original Winnie the Pooh (in New York Public Library’s Central Children’s Room). Her rediscovered excitement over New York’s renowned attractions is realistically expressed through her diary entries; the device is engaging as Melanie sends her friends e-mails and frets over liking two boys at the same time: Miguel and a classmate. She still uses her trademark triplicate words, makes up rhymes, and inserts phonetic pronunciations of all the Spanish words she learns. Fans will want more, more, more. Fun, fun, fun. (Fiction. 8-12)