Angleberger, Tom. The Qwikpick Papers: Poop Fountain
May 20th 2014
by Amulet Books
E ARC from Netgalley.com
Back in 2000, when the internet was slow and there was not much to do online, Lyle and his friends have nothing to do on Christmas day. Lyle's parents are working at the Qwikpick near their home in a trailer park, Marilla is a Jehovah's Witness, and Dave is Jewish, so the three, spurred by a newspaper article, decide to cross the field near their home to investigate the "poop fountain" at the sewage treatment plant. Complications ensue, especially since Lyle has a crush on Marilla.
Strengths: Bonus points for having a character named Marilla, a typewriter that Lyle uses for his reports, and a fun ensemble cast. In true Angleberger form, there are a lot of asides, a little origami, and some good, middle grade humor with a touch of romance. Unfortunately, the pages of the E ARC turned so slowly that I didn't get to finish the book. I'm hoping to get a public library copy quickly.
Weaknesses: This seemed to move slowly, but that could have been the turning of the pages! I am going to reserve final judgement until after I look at a paper copy. (It did get a bit quicker, and my ARC was snagged immediately by a student fan when I had them up for giveaway!)
Marvelous Middle Grade
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day at Teach Mentor Texts and Unleashing Readers. It's also Nonfiction Monday at Anastasia Suen's blog.
We have five more days with the students, and I am about 80% done with inventory. Not my favorite time of year at all. The lost books are the worst part for me, even when students pay for them. It's like little pieces of my soul being thrown in the waste bin. Sigh.
Equipment retrieval very soon as well, so even MORE fun.