Highlights a plucky role model for the ages.

AMELIA & ME

From the Ginny Ross series , Vol. 1

Ginny must overcome a number of obstacles if she wants to become an aviatrix like Amelia Earhart—the biggest one being her own mother’s resistance to her dream.

Set in early 1930s Newfoundland, this novel is based on the author’s own family history. Twelve-year-old Ginny has been learning everything she can about engines and planes from her Uncle Harry. What she really wants more than anything is to fly. Her Papa supports her goal, as do her friends. Her mother, however, forbids it. Not only is there no money for lessons as the family struggles through the Great Depression, but her Mom believes that flying is for men. She’s barely swayed by the example Earhart is setting. After Papa’s sudden death, Mom tells Ginny she must quit school and go to work. Desperate, Ginny journeys from Newfoundland to Boston, then New York, to find her hero. After finally meeting Earhart, Ginny plans her path forward, building up to an illuminating heart-to-heart with her mother. The characters and events are richly drawn and ring authentic; the dialogue is enriched by regional and period expressions. The hurdles faced by Ginny, a girl who wants to live outside the accepted gender norms of the day, are well illustrated. Readers will be eager for the next chapter in Ginny’s story. Characters default to White.

Highlights a plucky role model for the ages. (map, glossary, photos, photo credits, author's note) (Historical fiction. 8-12)

Pub Date: March 31, 2021

ISBN: 978-1-77108-824-4

Page Count: 280

Publisher: Nimbus Publishing

Review Posted Online: Dec. 24, 2020

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Jan. 15, 2021

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Is this the end? Well, no…the series will stagger on through at least one more scheduled sequel.

CAPTAIN UNDERPANTS AND THE TERRIFYING RETURN OF TIPPY TINKLETROUSERS

From the Captain Underpants series , Vol. 9

Sure signs that the creative wells are running dry at last, the Captain’s ninth, overstuffed outing both recycles a villain (see Book 4) and offers trendy anti-bullying wish fulfillment.

Not that there aren’t pranks and envelope-pushing quips aplenty. To start, in an alternate ending to the previous episode, Principal Krupp ends up in prison (“…a lot like being a student at Jerome Horwitz Elementary School, except that the prison had better funding”). There, he witnesses fellow inmate Tippy Tinkletrousers (aka Professor Poopypants) escape in a giant Robo-Suit (later reduced to time-traveling trousers). The villain sets off after George and Harold, who are in juvie (“not much different from our old school…except that they have library books here.”). Cut to five years previous, in a prequel to the whole series. George and Harold link up in kindergarten to reduce a quartet of vicious bullies to giggling insanity with a relentless series of pranks involving shaving cream, spiders, effeminate spoof text messages and friendship bracelets. Pilkey tucks both topical jokes and bathroom humor into the cartoon art, and ups the narrative’s lexical ante with terms like “pharmaceuticals” and “theatrical flair.” Unfortunately, the bullies’ sad fates force Krupp to resign, so he’s not around to save the Earth from being destroyed later on by Talking Toilets and other invaders…

Is this the end? Well, no…the series will stagger on through at least one more scheduled sequel. (Fantasy. 10-12)

Pub Date: Aug. 28, 2012

ISBN: 978-0-545-17534-0

Page Count: 304

Publisher: Scholastic

Review Posted Online: June 20, 2012

Kirkus Reviews Issue: July 15, 2012

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Dizzyingly silly.

CAPTAIN UNDERPANTS AND THE TYRANNICAL RETALIATION OF THE TURBO TOILET 2000

From the Captain Underpants series , Vol. 11

The famous superhero returns to fight another villain with all the trademark wit and humor the series is known for.

Despite the title, Captain Underpants is bizarrely absent from most of this adventure. His school-age companions, George and Harold, maintain most of the spotlight. The creative chums fool around with time travel and several wacky inventions before coming upon the evil Turbo Toilet 2000, making its return for vengeance after sitting out a few of the previous books. When the good Captain shows up to save the day, he brings with him dynamic action and wordplay that meet the series’ standards. The Captain Underpants saga maintains its charm even into this, the 11th volume. The epic is filled to the brim with sight gags, toilet humor, flip-o-ramas and anarchic glee. Holding all this nonsense together is the author’s good-natured sense of harmless fun. The humor is never gross or over-the-top, just loud and innocuous. Adults may roll their eyes here and there, but youngsters will eat this up just as quickly as they devoured every other Underpants episode.

Dizzyingly silly. (Humor. 8-10)

Pub Date: Aug. 26, 2014

ISBN: 978-0-545-50490-4

Page Count: 224

Publisher: Scholastic

Review Posted Online: June 4, 2014

Kirkus Reviews Issue: June 15, 2014

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