From 2010-2012, I wrote a blog called Spine Label. At the time, I was working towards my master's degree in library science, as well as working in a public library (primarily in youth services). Spine Label was where I reviewed books, discussed programs I was implementing at my library, and occasionally wrote about library science more broadly. Spine Label is no longer online; the domain name was my maiden name and it didn't make a whole lot of sense to keep it, particularly once I left my public library job. Happily, I still have access the contents of the blog, which my husband is fond of saying is the best thing I've ever written (I'm not sure what that means for everything I've worked on since then, but I'm going with it). Since I'm writing about children's literature again, I thought it would be nice to revisit the reviews that were once posted on Spine Label, as a way of both looking at backlist titles as well as giving the reviews a proper home on the Internet again. It's worth noting that these reviews were written from the perspective of a public librarian and not necessarily the perspective of a parent.
The following post originally appeared on Spine Label on May 12, 2010.
Grosset & Dunlap, 2010
Frannie wants to do grown-up things, including having a grown-up job in an office (she’s really into office supplies). Since her class is about to go on a field trip to a radio station, she decides to make business cards and a resume, in hopes of being offered a job.
When DJ Sandy Sanders steps out of the DJ booth and Frannie slides into his spot, she thinks he’s doing him a favor. In reality, she’s making a terrible mess of the local election. Has Frannie jeopardized her career before it’s even begun?
Frannie is a bit naive while also being completely earnest and entrepreneurial. Her vocabulary will attract Fancy Nancy fans who have moved on to chapter books (and maybe something a little less glittery).