Friday, November 05, 2010

New book review from Miss Alison

As some of you know, our Children's Librarian, Alison Donnelly, also writes book reviews for School Library Journal. Here's her latest. If you like the sound of the book, please let us know and we would be happy to order a copy for you.

DE GUZMAN, Michael. Henrietta Hornbuckle's Circus of Life. ISBN 978-0-374-33513-7. Suitable for Grades 4–6.

Henrietta Hornbuckle, 12, lives, works, and breathes the circus. With her parents MoMo and Hortense and her extended family, she travels with Filbert's Traveling Clown Circus, a small company that often has to improvise to get the show on the road. Henrietta is a bold, quick thinker who is extremely loyal and proud of her background and way of life. When her father is killed in a hit-and-run accident, she is made to think about life outside her comfort zone of clowns, striped outfits, and pie throwing. The peripheral characters are a supportive family of misfits who join together as one when the need arises. This is a sweet story that doesn't end as readers might imagine.—