Fry and Jackson team up again in this sequel to The Naughty List (2015).
Roberta “Bobbie” Mendoza would give anything just to be “normal.” Starting a new school is difficult enough without the need to conceal the secret of her past brush with Trans-Dimensional Beings. Having saved Christmas does not make her a hero; it just makes her “weird.” Cole Crusterman, another weirdo, is the only student to even speak with her on the first day of school. Yet she has few opportunities to make more friends, as the new semester begins with the return of elfin accomplices from a previous quest, a stampede of unicorns, and a trip through a locker-based portal. Fast-paced adventures ensue, full of ridiculous chases, fantastical creatures, and ample scatological humor. All the while Bobbie is plagued by a recurring nightmare and simmering anxieties. In the end she must learn to embrace her fears in order to conquer them and discover that “there’s nothing wrong with being weird.” Short chapters include stream-of-consciousness first-person narrative prose interspersed with cartoon illustrations that further reveal Bobbie’s internal thoughts as well as the plot. The quality of writing does not make this title a standout in the genre, but the brevity, pacing, and humor are likely to appeal to reluctant readers, especially where there is appreciation for both ridiculous plot twists and fart jokes. Bobbie is assumed to be Latina (though her identity is not explored beyond her surname), while Cole is white.
Fun for fans of fantasy and flatulence. (Adventure. 8-12)