Synopses & Reviews
"Family dynamics, friendship tangles, and finding one's voice are among the topics Weston (the Melanie Martin novels) deftly juggles in this diary-style series debut. Fifth-grade narrator Ava begins by sharing her discovery that her 'word nerd' family's names are all palindromes: Mom is Anna, Dad is Bob, and her seventh-grader sister is Pip. Outgoing and candid, Ava resents that her parents dote on moody loner Pip: 'I always end up feeling mad at her and bad for her at the same time.' After the girls invited to Pip's birthday sleepover cancel to attend the girl-boy party thrown by Pip's new classmate Bea, Ava enters a writing contest with a story about a thinly veiled 'Queen Bee.' Rather than send the story in a mean-girl direction, Weston has Bea forgive Ava, and the two team up to help Pip overcome her shyness, helping deliver messages about prejudging others and being careful what one puts in print. Generous samplings of palindromes, similes, and a running emphasis on creative writing will excite readers who share Ava's affinity for wordplay. Ages 10 up. Agent: Susan Ginsburg, Writers House." Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
Meet outgoing Ava Wren, a fun fifth grader who tries not to lose patience with her shy big sister. When Pip's 13th birthday party turns into a disaster, Ava gets a story idea for a library contest.
But uh-oh, Ava should never have written "Sting of the Queen Bee." Can Ava and her new friend help Pip come out of her shell? And can Ava get out of the mess she has made?
Praise for Ava and Pip:
"Weston perfectly captures the complexities of sisterhood." -The New York Times
"Charming Surprising Inspiring "-Karen Bokram, Founding Editor of Girls' Life
"An endearing story about two very different sisters." -Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
"A big W-O-W for Ava and Pip "-Julie Sternberg, Like Pickle Juice On a Cookie
"Ava Wren makes reading and writing so much fun, she deserves a T-O-P-S-P-O-T on your bookshelf. "-Dan Greenburg, author of The Zack Files and Secrets of Dripping Fang