- The Washington Times - Saturday, March 22, 2008

By Kerrie-Anne Sutton, age 11

Central Middle School, Edgewater, Md.

Thank You, Lucky Stars is a book about a girl named Ally.

Ally has one best friend. Her name is Betsy, and they are starting their first day of fifth grade. Ally is psyched because the fifth-graders have an annual talent show every year. Betsy and Ally are going to sing Bridge Over Troubled Water.” The two of them are going to wear the same outfits, but Betsy says she doesn’t feel like it, which makes Ally sad, and she starts to cry.

Ally and Betsy hate one girl named Mona.

There is new girl, too. Her name is Tina. At lunch, she sits alone with boys. At one point, Ally wants to sit with Betsy at lunch, but the table is full. After a couple of weeks, Betsy and Mona are BFFs (best friends forever). Ally is so sad that she cries and cries.

One day, Ally hears that Mona, Betsy, Charlie and some others have made a band and are going to perform at the talent show. The band’s name is Ruby. Ally is so sad because, first, they will sing the song Ally and Betsy were going to sing, and second, Ally was supposed to sing with Betsy.

At lunch, Tina becomes friends with Ally. They decide to perform together for the talent show. One day, Tina comes to Ally’s house to practice and watch some old ‘80s disco movies. They have lots of fun. One day, when Tina and Ally are practicing outside, Mona and Betsy walk by and call them losers.

In homeroom, Tina gives Ally a note saying, Let’s hope Mrs. Nojoy swallows a pencil and dies. Mrs. Nojoy finds the note, and they get into big trouble. After that, Ally decides she doesn’t want to do the talent show with Tina after all because Tina got her in trouble. Three weeks before the talent show, Betsy asks Ally if she wants to be the go-go dancer for the band. Read Thank You, Lucky Stars to find out what Ally decides to do. I give this story a rating of four stars because it’s an excellent book.

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BOOK: Thank You, Lucky Stars

AUTHOR: Beverly Donofrio

PUBLISHER: Random House Children’s Books (January 2008), hardcover, 234 pages

READING LEVEL: Ages 9 to 12

PRICE: $16.99

INFORMATION: randomhouse.com/kids

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