Posted in 2014-2015 Club, Not Mock Newbery

Ava and Pip, by Carol Weston

Ava and PipSummary:  When ten-year-old Ava uses her writing talents to help her older sister overcome her shyness, both girls learn the impact their words and stories can have on the world around them.

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2 thoughts on “Ava and Pip, by Carol Weston

  1. Ava and Pip is the diary of ten-year-old Ava Wren. This may sound boring, but that’s not even close. A writing contest comes up and Ava enters and writes a mean story about a schoolmate being rude to Pip. Will the mean girl find out about the story? And if so, will she seek to get revenge on the girls? Read Ava and Pip by Carol Weston to find out 🙂

    I found this story to be sweet, the plot was coherent all the way through, and the story flowed nicely. I also enjoyed how the author included lots of palindromes throughout the story (e.g., racecar, kayak), which made the story more entertaining to read.

    I enjoyed this book and believe it could be a Newbery, but I do not think of it as the “best book of the year”. I still think it qualifies for at least a Newbery Honor.

  2. This book is about two sisters, Ava and Pip, and while ten-year-old Ava is very outgoing and extroverted, thirteen-year-old Pip is really shy and introverted. When a new girl named Bea comes to Pip’s school and accidentally throws a party on the exact day of Pip’s birthday party, Ava interprets Bea’s actions as mean, when Bea really just didn’t know that Pip was having a party, too. Ava writes a mean story about Bea and enters it into the writing contest, and after reading it, Bea decides to help Pip become less shy.
    The book is formatted as the diary of Ava, and while that was entertaining and funny, it wasn’t distinguished writing. Also, as Sarah mentioned, Ava and her entire family were obsessed with palindromes (A-V-A and P-I-P spell the same thing backwards and forwards, etc.). While that was interesting at first, it became annoying as Ava and Pip came up with entire sentence palindromes. Also, I thought a few of the palindromes should have been left out; for example, “fun enuf” was included as one, and I personally found that irritating because the author misspelled “enough” as “enuf” just to make it a palindrome.
    The plot was fun and the characters were cute, and I would recommend this to fifth-graders. But this book, in my opinion, is not Newbery.

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