LENNY AND MEL: AFTER-SCHOOL CONFIDENTIAL by Erik P. Kraft

LENNY AND MEL: AFTER-SCHOOL CONFIDENTIAL

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Age Range: 8 - 10
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KIRKUS REVIEW

The slacker sibs are back for a third outing, this time as investigative reporters off to check out the seamy underside of after-school clubs. Unfortunately, Mel’s dreams of Pulitzer, or at least National Enquirer, glory—“ ‘Chess team,’ said Mel. ‘Fun time or deadly sport?’ ‘Don’t get carried away,’ said Ms. Handsaw. ‘Stick to the facts.’ ‘Facts,’ said Mel. ‘Are they true . . . or are they deadly?’ ”—come to naught, as there isn’t much muck to rake in a Debate Club argument over school uniforms (“Mel wondered if they meant superhero uniforms”), a Poetry Club headed by beatnik teacher Mr. D’Addio, or a one-member FFA that cultivates plastic plants. Lenny and Mel are unimpressed, as their pithy reports, reproduced along with Kraft’s evocatively unambitious line drawings, reflect to a tee. Young readers fond of characters who are a bit too smart for their own good should be amused. (Fiction. 8-10)

Pub Date: July 1st, 2004
ISBN: 0-689-85109-X
Page count: 64pp
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: June 15th, 2004




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