Salisbury, Graham Calvin Coconut: Rocket Ride 160 pgs. Wendy Lamb Books, 2012. $10.39. (Rating: G)
When Calvin's dad comes to town for the first time in years, Calvin is nervous. Will things be too different? Will his new step-mother be nice? To complicate things, his dad is a popular singer, and gives Calvin tickets to his concert. Tito the bully is being more than insistent about getting a ticket, but Calvin sort of wants to give the ticket to Shayla, a girl who has crush on him.
As a huge fan of this series, I of course, really liked this book. But I don’t think it would function great as a stand alone or a first read in the series. It is a must-have if you already have any of the other books. My favorite thing about these books is that the characters and experiences are very genuine. In this book, Calvin deals with a bully in a totally normal way -he isn’t too wimpy but isn’t too brave either.
ELEMENTARY–ADVISABLE Reviewer: Stephanie School Librarian & Author.