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Reviews
The Adventures of Tittletom by Ellis Credle
Afternoon on the Amazon by Mary Pope Osborne
Alex and Lulu by Lorena Siminovich
Bad Kitty Gets a Bath by Nick Bruel
Beautiful Yetta by Daniel Pinkwater
Boats: Speeding! Sailing! Cruising! by Patricia Hubbell
Boundaries of Home by Doug Aberley
Brownie and Pearl Get Dolled Up by Cynthia Rylant
The Chick and the Duckling by Mirra Ginsburg
The Fairy's Return by Gail Carson Levine
Forever by Rachel Pollack
Frankie Pickle and the Pine Run 3000 by Eric Wight
Harriet's Halloween Candy by Nancy Carlson
A History of Cadmium by Elizabeth Bourne
Knitty Kitty by David Elliott
The Little Giant of Aberdeen County by Tiffany Baker
The Long Retreat by Robert Reed
Looking for Jake by China Miéville
Maid of Murder by Amanda Flower
Make-Believe by Michael Reaves
The Octonauts and the Frown Fish by Meomi
One to Nine by Andrew Hodges
Raiders' Ransom by Emily Diamand
The Secret of the Old Clock by Caroline Keene
Sector 7 by David Wiesner
The Tarot Cafe #3 by Sang-Sun Park
Ten Little Fish by Audrey Wood
Waiting for the Phone to Ring by Richard Bowes
Waking Up Wendell by April Stevens
What Can You Do With a Rebozo? by Carmen Tafolla
When Pigasso Met Mootisse by Nina Laden


Rating System

5 stars: Completely enjoyable or compelling
4 stars: Good but flawed
3 stars: Average
2 stars: OK
1 star: Did not finish

Reading Challenges

My Kind of Mystery Reading Challenge 2017 February - January 2017-8



Comments for Frankie Pickle and the Pine Run 3000

Frankie Pickle and the Pine Run 3000: 12/30/10

 cover art (Link goes to Powells)Frankie Pickle and the Pine Run 3000 by Eric Wight is the second book in this series of chapter book / graphic novel hybrids. The first in the series was short listed in the Cybil's last year. That's how my son and I first came across the series.

This time Frankie needs only a handful of points to move up to the next level in scouts. Since he didn't complete the knot tying badge his only other option is to win the Pine Run 3000, a model car race held once a year.

Plot wise the book is very similar to Babymouse Burns Rubber, a graphic novel nominated for this year's Cybils, being a combination of actual race events and imaginary scenes. Of the two race themed graphic novels, I preferred Frankie Pickle and the Pine Run 3000.

My son has had this book on his wishlist since he read the first in the series. He loved this book, tearing through it in about an hour.

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