Sunday, February 7, 2010

Hooray for Scab McNally!

I just finished reading Trudi Trueit's Secrets of a Lab Rat: No Girls Allowed (Dogs Okay). What a fun book for 7 - 10 year old readers! Scab McNally, a fourth-grader, tries to enlist his "smart times ten" sister in his quest to convince their parents to get a dog. However, he nearly blows his chances when he concocts a stinky sister-repellent spray bearing her name and everyone in school finds out about it. Boys, especially, will enjoy the gross-out humor, but the book offers more than that. In addition to the funny, fast-paced narrative, Trueit explores the trickiness of relationships with friends and siblings in a sensitive and satisfying way.

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