Monday, July 3, 2017

The Infinity Year of Avalon James by Dana Middleton - ESSENTIAL

Middleton, Dana The Infinity Year of Avalon James, 214 pgs. Feiwel and Friends (MacMillan) 2016. $16.99. Language: G (0 swears, 0 “f”); Mature Content: G; Violence PG (Bullying).

Avalon James is 10 years-old - her Infinity Year.  This should be the best year ever! - Atticus’ grandpa has told them that, because they are best friends - and 10 years old - they will get a special power just for the year, and maybe only once. They can’t tell anyone and can only talk about it with each other. But when school starts, Avalon and Atticus, for the first time, are in different classes, and Avalon is stuck with her enemy Elena in her class.  Last year was so hard, and this one looks like it might be, too. Her father has recently gone to jail and Avalon is dealing with the social and emotional problems associated with that.

This debut novel has such great voice, I loved the boy/girl best friends, the way parents and teachers handled things and the storyline was both intriguing and well paced.  Avalon is funny, resilient and struggling. Highly recommended for upper elementary students; full of great lessons on dealing with friends, bullies, secrets and family.  

EL - ESSENTIAL  Lisa Librarian

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