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The Doughnut Fix by Jessie Janowitz, A #Cybils finalist

The Doughnut Fix by Jessie Janowitz

 

This Cybils Middle Grade finalist was a fun book! A boy and his family leave New York City (but why tho) and head toward rural upstate New York so their parents can live out their dream. Meanwhile, Tristan and his siblings adapt to life away from the big city. Tristan becomes obsessed with the local (mean) lady’s donuts and he learns how to make them in hopes to open a donut stand. There’s baking, friendship, sibling fun and kooky new neighbors.  Great easy read for middle grade. There’s no diversity that I can find but its a fun read.

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The Pod

It’s Monday, how about a podcast?

It’s Monday, how about a podcast?

All good things take time, my friends. Please enjoy another podcast episode.

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The Pod

Wanna know more about me? Book nerd alert.

Wanna know more about me?

Click the podcast and find out how I became a book nerd.

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Catching Up Takes Time. Meanwhile, have a listen…

Catching Up Takes Time.
Meanwhile, have a listen to a podcast episode

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Here’s another episode for you to enjoy. I’m talking with fellow KidLitCon friend, Kara Newhouse.

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Books Reviews Young Adult

The Love Song of Jonny Valentine by Teddy Wayne

I’m going to tell you a secret:  I LOVED The Love Song of Jonny Valentine.

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It’s a story about a tween (yes, 11 yrs old) heartthrob and his life as a superstar.  I remember my early years drooling over secret copies of Tiger Beat dreaming about MJ, Donny Osmond (call me, Donny!) and all the other teen heartthrobs of the 15th century. That’s why I loved Jonny Valentine so much. It took me back to those dreamy days  and allowed me to have a little fun. Wayne’s  Jonny Valentine reminds me alot of Justin Bieber, who’s so, like OMG. I think?

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To be sure, I never imagined back then how difficult the life of a celebrity must be.  As an adult, I can totally appreciate the difficulty.  I don’t feel sorry for them but I still appreciate it. That’s where Teddy Wayne is so effective. Wayne brings you the intimate details of a celebrity’s life without making you feel sorry for them.  At times, I actually felt pity for Jonny.  I wonder if that was Wayne’s intent?  Sure, Jonny Valentine is rich and super famous but he’s also snarky, jaded, and has no real life outside the touring bus and no friends outside the staff who is on salary.

I’m not sure who the intended audience is for this title, I’m sure teens would appreciate all the pop culture references which were lost on me, but be advised parents, that there are some situations and language you might find uncomfortable.   Other than that caveat, The Love Song of Jonny Valentine is a fun romp through the life  mega superstar Jonny Valentine.

I give it 3 paws.

Unconventional Librarian 3 paws