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Critic's Report

Title: Critter Sitter Chronicles
Author: Valerie Ondrejko
Genre: Fiction/Mystery/Thriller
Audience: YA/Middle Grade
Word Count: 34744
 

Assessment:

Plot: A delightful story of two BFFs who start a business helping neighbors walk and/or care for their pets, this book is both heartfelt and comedic. Small moments of implausibility don’t detract from even and engaging storytelling.

Prose:

The author strikes a warm, inviting tone that effectively captures the voices of the middle grade characters. In some contexts, phrasings and descriptions have an artificial ring.

Originality:

Though language choices can show a lack of originality and nuance, Ondrejko writes with an effervescent voice. The characters and plot are distinct, and the friends' escapades are refreshingly different.

Character Development:

Characters—both human and animal—are charming and distinct. Ondrejko shows care and affection in her character development; readers may feel as if they know the protagonists as they do their best to juggle their new-found responsibilities.

 

Score:

  • Plot/Idea: 8 out of 10

  • Originality: 10 out of 10

  • Prose: 8 out of 10

  • Character/Execution: 10 out of 10

  • Overall: 9.00 out of 10

Date Submitted: August 27, 2018

BookLife Prize by Publishers Weekly

UPCOMING
SIGNINGS
When / Where:
Author visit at Cartwright Elementary School

Had a great time talking with this sweet class about writing and sharing Lila Discovers Grammy's Secret.

House Party Book Signing
When / Where:

Saturday, December 2, 2017

10:00am - 2:00 pm

SantaPalooza

Scheels

Village Point

17202 Davenport St, Omaha, NE 68118

Had a great time meeting all the young readers at Scheels

Skutt Catholic High School

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