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Harriet and the Garden by Nancy Carlson
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I Wish That I Had Duck Feet by Dr. Seuss
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Madeline and the Cats of Rome by John Bemelmans Marciano
The Mammy by Brendan O'Carroll
Minifred Goes to School by Mordicai Gerstein
Miss Pickerell and the Geigor Counter by Ellen MacGregor
The Napping House by Audrey and Don Wood
Nightwings by Robert Silverberg
One Yellow Lion by Matthew Van Fleet
Opera Cat by Tess Weaver
Queen Vernita Visits the Blue Ice Mountains by Dawn Menge
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Sassy by Gloria Mallette
The Stars Down Under by Sandra McDonald
Strange Reading by Grant Uden
The Sunless Countries by Karl Schroeder
Tarot Cafe Volume 1 by Sang-Sun Park
Tepper Isn't Going Out by Calvin Trillin
Tiger on a Tree by Anushka Ravishankar
Vacation Under the Volcano (Magic Tree House #13) by Mary Pope Osborne
The West End Horror by Nicholas Meyer
Where Is the Green Sheep by Mem Fox
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Miss Pickerell and the Geiger Counter (Link goes to Powells)Miss Pickerell and the Geiger Counter: 01/24/10

Miss Pickerell and the Geiger Counter by Ellen MacGregor is the follow up to Miss Pickerell Goes to Mars. This time Miss Pickerell stays on earth and ends up discovering uranium while trying to get to the state fair with her nephews.

When the book opens Miss Pickerell and her nephews are on a steamboat heading up river towards the state fair. The cow can't be left at home so they've decided to bring her with them. Unexpectedly though they are put to shore early of the fair because the cow is too much of a hazard to carry up stream.

I was really hoping the mysterious drop off point was a sign that the ship's crew were doing something nefarious. The Miss Pickerell books though aren't the Nancy Drew or Hardy Boys series. In the two books I've read the characters are all basically good even when they're working at cross purposes.

The ship though is a clue just not one pointing at some sort of master plot involving uranium and world domination. The uranium is a means for Miss Pickerell to show of her knowledge of geology.

Overall I didn't like Miss Pickerell and the Geiger Counter as much as I liked the first book. The educational aspects seemed more forced this time and there was the underlying Cold War era weirdness of tying atomic research with patriotism.

My favorite character ended up being the local sheriff who really wanted to be a teacher. He seemed like an atypical male character for this era of book. He's a perfectly competent sheriff but he's miserable at it and wants to go back to school.

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Comment #1: Sunday, January, 24, 2010 at 19:28:41

Nicola

Oh, I used to love the Miss Pickerell books when I was a kid! I've never re-read them since, I'll have to see if I can find some.



Comment #2: Tuesday, January 26, 2010 at 11:22:29

Pussreboots

The Miss Pickerell books are new to me and my library seems to have a bunch of them. I plan to continue reading through the books the library has.