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Family Game Night

Wednesday, September 27th, 2017

family game nightby Mary E. Lambert, 245 pages, Grades 6 and up

Annabelle has a ritual. She enters her room and walks from corner to corner to corner to make sure that nothing is out of place and nothing has been added to her belongings. Annabelle’s mother is a hoarder which means she loves to keep everything and is always looking for more places to put her treasures since the entire house is filled top to bottom with the million things: newspapers piled as high as the ceiling, empty cracker boxes, sheets and pillows and other bedding. This clutter causes everyone in the family a lot of stress; Annabelle mostly wants to escape it and tries to spend as much time at her friends’ houses as she can. This escape strategy is almost allowing her to live a “normal” life, but then her grandma arrives and tries to bring order back into their lives. Everyone knows that sometimes when you really want to get something clean it has to get a lot messier first; the question is can Annabelle survive the chaos?

If you like books about family challenges, you might also like: Waiting for Normal, by Leslie Connor, or Nest, by Esther Erlich, or Counting by 7s, by Holly Goldberg Sloan.

Homesick

Saturday, March 2nd, 2013

 

by Kate Klise, 180 pages, Grades 6-8

Poor Benny is homesick in his own house. Benny’s dad is a junk expert, but when his shop gets closed down and he brings all his stuff home – he cannot part with even a tiny bit – Benny’s mom just can take the clutter and she moves back to her hometown by herself. It doesn’t feel like home to Benny anymore because the kitchen is full of empty pizza boxes and nothing to eat, the house is stacked with random stuff, his dad seems lost in his own worries, and, of course, his mom isn’t there.

Now that the town has won “The Most Charming Town” contest more people than just Benny and his mom want to see their house cleaned out; no one is sure that their town can live up to expectations since Miss Turnipson embellished quite a bit when she wrote her entrance essay nominating the town.  The contest officials are due in town any day and pulling the town together might take more than is humanly possible.

If you enjoy books about quirky towns and interesting characters you might also like:  Deliver Us From Normal by Kate Klise, A Long Way from Chicago, by Richard Peck, or Ruby Holler, by Sharon Creech.

 

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