PREDICKTIONS by John Halliday


Age Range: 8 - 12
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The town of Westlake is dullsville—no malls, movies, or fast food—except when the Pink & White Carnival arrives every August. The most unusual thing that’s occurred was when a storm blew out the carnival electricity and Josh Jolly was born in the fortuneteller’s tent making national headlines. The fortuneteller, his aunt, predicted he would make Westlake famous. But nothing happens until ten years later when Josh enters fifth grade, his aunt gives him a mystic board, and he’s partnered with three other peculiar classmates: bossy Kate, home-schooled Rainy Day (born the same night as Josh), and huge genius Bill. The Ouija board predicts outcomes for the chess and swimming teams but the misspelled answers create funny predicaments, à la Amelia Bedelia. Josh is a junior Barney Fife in a modern-day Mayberry, his name and the title indicate the folksy style. All the incidental details are linked together like the seats on a Ferris wheel, twirling events and people in a funny, breezy story. (Fiction. 8-12)

Pub Date: Sept. 1st, 2003
ISBN: 0-689-84564-2
Page count: 192pp
Publisher: McElderry
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Aug. 15th, 2003