Krulik, Nancy, How the Pops Stole Christmas, Scholastic Press, 2009. Pgs. 173. Language: G, Violence: G, Sexual Content: G
Christmas is just around the corner and life at Joyce Kilmer Middle School is bustling with holiday spirit and parties. The popular girls, however, are up to mischief and cruelty as usual. Things get worse, however. Jenny draws Dana, the worst of the popular girls’ names, as her Secret Santa and has know idea to what to get someone who’s heart is made of stone. The worst blow, however, comes when she doesn’t receive an invitation to her friend, Marc’s New Year’s Eve party and everyone else she knows does. What will Jenny get Dana for Christmas? Why didn’t Marc invite her to her party? How will Jenny get her Christmas and New Year’s back on track?
A cute book for reluctant readers who like realistic fiction. The characters aren’t well-developed, but are likable. Although the story lags in parts, it holds the reader’s interest for the most part. Readers who like Christmas fiction, friendship stories, Candy Apple books, and school stories will probably enjoy reading this book. EL(4-6) OPTIONAL. Reviewer: Kira M, Youth Services Librarian, WHI Public Library