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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....
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
DEAR NEW DIARY,
You won’t believe what I just found out.
Fifth grade started today, and my homeroom has three Emilys but only one Ava, so at din...
DEAR NEW DIARY,
You won’t believe what I just found out.
Fifth grade started today, and my homeroom has three Emilys but only one Ava, so at dinner, I asked Mom and Dad why they named me Ava.
Innocent question, right?
Well, Dad answered: “We like palindromes.”
“Palinwhat?” I said.
“Palindromes,” Dad replied, passing the salad. “Words that are the same backward and forward.”
“Like M-O-M,” Mom said.
“And D-A-D,” Dad said.
“And P-I-P,” Pip chimed. Apparently she knew all about this. “And H-A-N-N-A-H,” she added. That’s Pip’s middle name.
My full name is Ava Elle Wren. When people ask what the L stands for, they expect me to say Lily or Lauren or Louise, but I say, “It’s not L, it’s E-L-L-E.”
I thought about P-I-P, H-A-N-N-A-H, A-V-A, and E-L-L-E, and stared at my parents. “You chose our names because of how they’re spelled? Wow.” Then I noticed how you spell “wow” (W-O-W).
And suddenly it was as if I saw the whole world—or at least the Whole World of Words—in a brand-new way.
My parents’ names are Anna and Bob (A-N-N-A and B-O-B), and they are word nerds.
“Why didn’t you tell me before?” I asked.
“You never asked,” Dad answered.
“When did you tell Pip?”
“A while ago,” Mom said, “when she asked.”
Pip looked at me and shrugged. “At least we didn’t get named after Nana Ethel.”
Pip is twelve—for one more month. She talks at home, but at school, she is extremely shy. Pip was a preemie, which means she was born early. Since our last name is Wren, which is the name of a bird, Mom and Dad sometimes call her Early Bird.
When Pip was little, they worried about her a lot. To tell you the truth, they still worry about her a lot. They also pay way more attention to her than to me. I try not to let it bother me…but it kind of does. I’m only human.
“Guess who was the first woman in the world?” Pip asked.
“Huh?” I replied, then noticed how “huh” (H-U-H) is spelled.
“Eve,” Pip said. “E-V-E!”
Dad jumped in. “And guess what Adam said when he saw Eve?”
“What?” I said, totally confused.
“Madam, I’m Adam!” Dad laughed.
“Another palindrome!” Mom explained. “M-A-D-A-M-I-M- A-D-A-M.”
“A whole sentence can be a palindrome?” I asked.
“Yes.” Dad pointed to Mom’s plate. “Like, ‘Ma has a ham!’”
Pip spelled that out: “M-A-H-A-S-A-H-A-M.”
I put down my fork, looked from my S-I-S to my M-O-M to my P-O-P, and started wondering if other people’s families are as nutty as mine. Or is mine extra nutty? Like, chunky-peanut-butter nutty?
“[An] easy-to-read, upbeat, and humorous book... Older elementary and middle school readers will recognize the issues addressed and will appreciate Ava’s indomitable spirit and her goo...
“[An] easy-to-read, upbeat, and humorous book... Older elementary and middle school readers will recognize the issues addressed and will appreciate Ava’s indomitable spirit and her good-natured handling of them. ” -
“Carol Weston is no stranger to the way young people interact with one another. Her insight into how it feels to be shy, how it feels to be ignored by your parents and how to make friends make her characters pop on the page... Ava’s voice is so unique, energetic, and poignant; she will stick with readers even after they finish the final page.
” - KidsReads
“This is an excellent book for children to read by themselves or for parents to read along with their children. Teachers and counselors can use the book as a discussion builder on the power of words and of misinterpretation. I give a Y-A-Y for Ava and Pip.” - Good Reads with Ronna
“This book is fun and educational while being realistic too. It portrays schools for what they really are - buildings often filled with kids who like to pick on others - and offers a way to deal with such a thing. It also emphasises how important words are, and how anything written down can be there forever, always ready to rear its positive or negative head. ” - Wondrous Reads
“Readers will relate to Ava’s situation, doing the wrong thing for the right reasons to protect her sister. But it is how she remedies the situation with Bea’s help that will have readers cheering. Fans of diary-style novels will enjoy this story, and readers who love to play with words will be searching for more palindromes.” - Booklist
“You’re gonna fall head over heels for the new book Ava and Pip.” - GirlsLife.com
“Ava is a winning protagonist... Helping others helps you too’ is Weston’s essential message, and her story ably illustrates the point.” - Kirkus
“Family dynamics, friendship tangles, and finding one’s voice are among the topics Weston deftly juggles in this diary-style series debut… palindromes, similes, and a running emphasis on creative writing will excite readers. ” - Publishers Weekly
Length: 8 in
Width: 5.5 in
Weight: 0.00 oz
Page Count: 224 pages