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Title: Critter Sitter Chronicles
Author: Valerie Ondrejko
Audience: YA/Middle Grade
Word Count: 34744
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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
17202 Davenport St, Omaha, NE 68118
Had a great time meeting all the young readers at Scheels
Skutt Catholic High School