This tale of ultimate wish fulfillment is a must-read for starry-eyed fans of boy bands.

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I'M WITH THE BAND

From the VIP series , Vol. 1

A preteen girl obsessed with a boy band learns that her biggest dream is coming true—she’s joining the band on their tour!

Artist-in-training Mackenzie is a perky seventh-grader obsessed with the dreamy boy band Perfect Storm. The group—pensive Kyle, prankster Heath, and supercute Zander—is quickly rising up through the charts. Determined to meet the impossibly blue-eyed Zander in person, Mackenzie writes him a poem and draws a poster, but she signs her middle name, Sabrina. When she learns that her mother, who works for a prestigious tour-management firm, will be taking her along to help manage PS' tour, she can’t believe her good fortune. Once on the road with the boys, she quickly learns that they’re nothing like their projected personas and that she may have more in common with Kyle than Zander. But when PS launches a fan contest and Sabrina's entry is picked for a finalist, Mac may have to come clean about what she's done—and whom she really likes. Written in diary entries and interspersed with vaguely manga-styled illustrations as well as some of Mackenzie’s comic-book stories, this hits the sweet spot for fans of Dork Diaries.

This tale of ultimate wish fulfillment is a must-read for starry-eyed fans of boy bands. (Fiction. 7-12)

Pub Date: Dec. 1, 2015

ISBN: 978-0-316-25972-9

Page Count: 336

Publisher: Little, Brown

Review Posted Online: Sept. 16, 2015

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A witty addition to the long-running series.

THE DEEP END

From the Diary of a Wimpy Kid series , Vol. 15

The Wimpy Kid hits the road.

The Heffley clan has been stuck living together in Gramma’s basement for two months, waiting for the family home to be repaired, and the constant togetherness has been getting on everybody’s nerves. Luckily Greg’s Uncle Gary has a camper waiting for someone to use it, and so the Heffleys set off on the open road looking for an adventurous vacation, hoping the changing scenery will bring a spark back to the family unit. The winding road leads the Heffleys to a sprawling RV park, a setting teeming with possibilities for Greg to get up to his usual shenanigans. Greg’s snarky asides and misadventures continue to entertain. At this point the Wimpy Kid books run like a well-oiled machine, paced perfectly with witty lines, smart gags, and charming cartoons. Kinney knows just where to put a joke, the precise moment to give a character shading, and exactly how to get the narrative rolling, spinning out the oddest plot developments. The appreciation Kinney has for these characters seeps through the novels, endearing the Heffleys to readers even through this title, the 15th installment in a franchise boasting spinoffs, movies, and merchandise. There may come a time when Greg and his family overstay their welcome, but thankfully that day still seems far off.

A witty addition to the long-running series. (Humor. 7-12)

Pub Date: Oct. 27, 2020

ISBN: 978-1-4197-4868-4

Page Count: 224

Publisher: Amulet/Abrams

Review Posted Online: yesterday

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Dec. 15, 2020

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A stellar collaboration that introduces an important and intriguing individual to today’s readers.

BECOMING MUHAMMAD ALI

From the Becoming Ali series , Vol. 1

Two bestselling authors imagine the boyhood of the man who became the legendary boxing icon Muhammad Ali.

Cassius was a spirited child growing up in segregated Louisville, Kentucky. He had a loving home with his parents and younger brother, Rudy. Granddaddy Herman also was an important figure, imparting life lessons. His parents wanted him to succeed in school, but Cassius had difficulty reading and found more pleasure in playing and exploring outdoors. Early on, he and Rudy knew the restrictions of being African American, for example, encountering “Whites Only” signs at parks, but the brothers dreamed of fame like that enjoyed by Black boxer Joe Louis. Popular Cassius was especially close to Lucius “Lucky” Wakely; despite their academic differences, their deep connection remained after Lucky received a scholarship to a Catholic school. When Cassius wandered into the Columbia Boxing Gym, it seemed to be destiny, and he developed into a successful youth boxer. Told in two voices, with prose for the voice of Lucky and free verse for Cassius, the narrative provides readers with a multidimensional view of the early life of and influences on an important figure in sports and social change. Lucky’s observations give context while Cassius’ poetry encapsulates his drive, energy, and gift with words. Combined with dynamic illustrations by Anyabwile, the book captures the historical and social environment that produced Muhammad Ali.

A stellar collaboration that introduces an important and intriguing individual to today’s readers. (bibliography) (Biographical novel. 8-12)

Pub Date: Oct. 5, 2020

ISBN: 978-0-316-49816-6

Page Count: 320

Publisher: Jimmy Patterson/HMH Books

Review Posted Online: Aug. 4, 2020

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Aug. 15, 2020

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