Megan McDonald is the author of the immensely popular Judy Moody series and its companion series starring Judy's brother, Stink. The youngest of five sisters, Megan McDonald lives in Sebastopol, California.
Gr 4-6-In the third book (Candlewick, 2011) in Megan McDonald's "The Sisters Club" series, the three Reel sisters are dealing with boys, Shakespeare, first kisses, and frogs. Younger sister Joey is into frogs and doesn't understand why anyone would risk cooties to spend time with a boy. Middle sister Stevie isn't really expecting to like boys, but the new kid at school has other plans. Teenager Alex desperately wants to be Juliet in the school play, and is making plans to orchestrate the perfect first kiss. Nothing works out quite as any of them expect. Jenna Lamia reads with enthusiasm and humor, creating unique voices for the characters. The book doesn't lend itself well to a strictly audio presentation since the illustrations are key to portions of the book-the explanation of palm-reading, for example, not to mention cloud types. And the variety of viewpoints, lists of weird facts, and asides are fun in a visual format, but interrupt the flow of the story in the audiobook. Also, the CDs seem to end when they run out of room, rather than at a logical transition point, leaving listeners hanging until the next CD is in place. Still, girls will enjoy this presentation, especially if the book is available so they don't miss out on the illustrations.-Teresa Bateman, Brigadoon Elementary School, Federal Way, WA (c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
McDonald keeps readers laughing with all the antics while expertly
folding in Shakespeare references and double entendres in her
now-familiar combination of journal-style entries from Joey's
perspective, play scenes outlining Alex's viewpoint and an overall
narrative told in Stevie's glib voice
-Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
Stevie's first-person narrative is interspersed with entries from frog-fan Joey and aspiring actress Alex, lending depth and intimacy to this lively, amusing read. Readers will recognize the girls' stresses and successes as they navigate the mysteries of boys and growing up.
Uses weather, frogs, and Romeo and Juliet as the backdrop to a story focused on the sweeter side of sisterhood. Dialogue and situations will ring true for both new readers and fans
-School Library Journal
Breezy and light-hearted, this makes a nice recommendation for young readers looking for girl power.
-Bulletin of the Center of Children's Books
Cleverly gives each character a distinctive voice. Stevie narrates the story, while Alex contributes in script format, complete with stage directions. And Joey adds journal tidbits, miscellaneous facts, and humor on lined paper with doodles.